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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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British Dictionary definitions for unintentionally


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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