Definition of intentional in English:

intentional

adjective

  • Done on purpose; deliberate.

    ‘intentional wrongdoing and harm’
    • ‘The Israeli army promised an investigation but said her death was not intentional.’
    • ‘Even Max cracks a joke about how little people have showed up, so I guess that was intentional.’
    • ‘Is this indeed a simple error in memory, or is it rather an intentional disregard of the Palmer's absence in the cave?’
    • ‘Baker runs at and strikes an opponent in what appears to be a deliberate and intentional act.’
    • ‘He says it has to be an intentional act that has a high probability of resulting in death.’
    • ‘At line 25 he quite properly tells them that the act of violence must be intentional.’
    • ‘At the same time, the potential for errors and intentional misuse is considerable.’
    • ‘It seems to me to be wholly immaterial whether the failure to register was intentional or not.’
    • ‘I think he's the subtle comic relief, but I can't figure out if that's intentional.’
    • ‘However, he did accept that there were lots of people around and it may not have been intentional.’
    • ‘He emphasises that the statutory offence requires a deliberate intentional act.’
    • ‘If this is intentional I applaud the ambitious experiment, but that doesn't undo its failure.’
    • ‘It is both intentional and conscious and unintentional and unconscious.’
    • ‘This may well be intentional since this book has been classified for historical reading.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's intentional, but it is the cause of the large amount of confusion felt when watching these films.’
    • ‘It is both accidental and intentional, and the pleasure comes from this tension.’
    • ‘I assure you that the missing direct reference was certainly not intentional, more an oversight.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was not intentional, but it is no longer possible to come up with anything definitive.’
    • ‘Hard to tell sometimes if such displays are intentional or just because pants don't fit properly anymore.’
    • ‘Three Bradford men charged with racially aggravated intentional harassment are yet to be tried in court.’
    deliberate, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended, planned, meant, considered, studied, knowing, wilful, wanton, purposeful, purposive, purposed, premeditated, pre-planned, thought out in advance, prearranged, preconceived, predetermined
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘existing only in intention’): from French intentionnel or medieval Latin intentionalis, from Latin intentio(n-), from intendere (see intend).

Pronunciation

intentional

/ɪnˈtɛnʃ(ə)n(ə)l/