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unintentional

[uhn-in-ten-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
not intentional or deliberate:
an unintentional omission from the list.
Origin of unintentional
1775-1785
1775-85; un-1 + intentional
Related forms
unintentionally, adverb
Synonyms
accidental, unplanned, inadvertent.
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  • Ornamentation, when it does begin to appear, arises at first in a strictly practical and unintentional manner.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • “Yes, he is dead,” replied Tresler, with unintentional solemnity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • His eyes, indeed, had begun to be opened before he left Paris, and Marie Kummer was the unintentional cause.

  • If I had believed the "garrulity," as she called it, to have been unintentional, I might have been flattered.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “I think it was pretty rough, Mr. Upton, to penalize him for an unintentional foul,” said Morrill.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
British Dictionary definitions for unintentional

unintentional

/ˌʌnɪnˈtɛnʃənəl/
adjective
1.
not deliberate; accidental: the killing had been unintentional
Derived Forms
unintentionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unintentional
adj.

1782, from un- (1) "not" + intentional. Related: Unintentionally (1769).

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