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unintentional

[ uhn-in-ten-shuh-nl ]
/ ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl /
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adjective

not intentional or deliberate: an unintentional omission from the list.

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Origin of unintentional

First recorded in 1775–85; un-1 + intentional

OTHER WORDS FROM unintentional

un·in·ten·tion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unintentional

unintentional
/ (ˌʌnɪnˈtɛnʃənəl) /

adjective

not deliberate; accidentalthe killing had been unintentional

Derived forms of unintentional

unintentionally, adverb
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