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[in-ten-shuh-nl] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
done with intention or on purpose; intended:
an intentional insult.
of or relating to intention or purpose.
  1. pertaining to an appearance, phenomenon, or representation in the mind; phenomenal; representational.
  2. pertaining to the capacity of the mind to refer to an existent or nonexistent object.
  3. pointing beyond itself, as consciousness or a sign.
Origin of intentional
1520-30; intention + -al1
Related forms
intentionality, noun
intentionally, adverb
subintentional, adjective
subintentionally, adverb
1. designed, planned. See deliberate.
1. accidental. Unabridged
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  • Other dope dealers have also, intentionally or inadvertently, achieved public prominence.
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  • The typical casino is an intentionally unpleasant place.
  • The authorities said they believed that it was intentionally set.
  • Note: the first fifteen seconds or so of the film are intentionally dark.
  • The blogs intentionally have a much more casual style than the articles.
  • For example, firefighters will intentionally set sections of forest aflame to deprive an approaching wildfire of kindling.
  • The defense tried to use brain scans of the defendant to prove its client had not intentionally defrauded the government.
  • At root they are all political problems, many intentionally caused.
  • We recommend having the watch battery replaced by a jeweler, as it is intentionally difficult to remove the back.
British Dictionary definitions for intentionally


performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
of or relating to intention or purpose
  1. of or relating to the capacity of the mind to refer to different kinds of objects
  2. (of an object) existing only as the object of some mental attitude rather than in reality, as a unicorn in she hopes to meet a unicorn See also intensional
Derived Forms
intentionality, noun
intentionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intentionally

"on purpose," 1660s; see intentional + -ly (2).



1520s, from Medieval Latin intentionalis, from intentionem (see intention). Intentional fallacy recorded from 1946. Related: Intentionality.

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