Definition of unintended in English:

unintended

adjective

  • Not planned or meant.

    ‘the unintended consequences of people's actions’
    • ‘Real change in politics comes from the law of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘Important unintended consequences need to be accounted for when mergers are planned.’
    • ‘It is a classic example of the law of unintended consequence.’
    • ‘These woolly liberals might mean well but it is the law of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘There are other projections for what might take place - ones that follow the law of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘Or does the deal they have the government have some sort of funny clause in it which has led to this unintended consequence?’
    • ‘This article's a few months old, but I've only just seen it - a great example of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘Police say the rise in violence is an unintended consequence of huge improvements in car security.’
    • ‘It can be seen that the conclusion at which we have arrived does have possibly unintended social and employment consequences.’
    • ‘Failed royal policies had other unintended consequences as well.’
    • ‘As an unintended consequence of regional Government we will begin to see more cultural politics.’
    • ‘History is the story of contradictions and unintended consequences.’
    • ‘I suppose that his big thing is to point out how the law of unintended consequences keeps rearing its ugly head even with the best of intentions.’
    • ‘A triumph, yet again, for the most pervasive rule in public policy: the law of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘It is possible that many of your measures have been subject to a law of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘The unintended consequences of that decision are all around us.’
    • ‘As we all know, revolutions often deliver unintended consequences.’
    • ‘He understands the suffering and the unintended consequences and the horrors of war.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this is another indication of the unintended consequences of knee-jerk legislation.’
    • ‘They're discovering the unintended consequences of recording and celebrating them.’
    absent-minded, heedless, thoughtless, unmindful, careless, injudicious, ill-advised, ill-considered, imprudent, unwise, foolish, silly, stupid, reckless, rash, precipitate, negligent, neglectful, remiss
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Pronunciation:

unintended

/ʌnɪnˈtɛndɪd/