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[uhn-in-ten-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
not intentional or deliberate:
an unintentional omission from the list.
Origin of unintentional
1775-85; un-1 + intentional
Related forms
unintentionally, adverb
accidental, unplanned, inadvertent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unintentional
  • unintentional as the birth of a thought in the head.
  • It is quite reasonable to suspect that one deals here with an unintentional suggestion.
  • The comical appears primarily as an unintentional discovery in the social relations of human beings.
  • unintentional weight loss is a decrease in body weight that is not voluntary.
  • But good intentions can have horrific unintentional effects when working in the developing world.
  • Captioning on the fly is an incredibly challenging task, but unintentional humor is the silver lining.
  • unintentional plagiarism is a well established phenomenon in psychology.
  • It seems to be almost unintentional, perhaps unwitting.
  • Sure, those may be unintentional pitfalls, but they are possible pitfalls nonetheless.
  • It's also easier to hold while reading, and the absence of the keyboard results in fewer unintentional button presses.
British Dictionary definitions for unintentional


not deliberate; accidental: the killing had been unintentional
Derived Forms
unintentionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unintentional

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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