Definition of unintentional in English:



  • Not done on purpose.

    ‘the translation added a layer of unintentional comedy’
    • ‘Yet even here there's a kind of grotesque, if unintentional, humour.’
    • ‘The humour of this absurd sentence is apparently unintentional.’
    • ‘During the recruitment process, employers must know where discrimination can occur, even in unintentional ways.’
    • ‘Instead I have come to realise that I must bear the guilty burden of forty years of unintentional eco-terrorism.’
    • ‘Every page, every line, contains unintentional humour as the boy wonder details his rise to a legend at Old Trafford.’
    • ‘These were all blameless cases of unintentional and unwitting mental telegraphy, I judge.’
    • ‘The meeting had been unintentional, coincidental, but for it I was glad.’
    • ‘The doctor was charged and convicted of unintentional homicide.’
    • ‘There's an unintentional air of elitism about the event, specialising as it does on unsullied perfect specimens.’
    • ‘Loss of this kind is covered only when caused by an abnormal occurrence which is unintentional and unexpected as far as the insured is concerned.’
    • ‘The irony was unintentional and of the very blackest hue.’
    • ‘He recorded a verdict of death by unintentional road traffic accident.’
    • ‘Sometimes the critical thinking level of the Guardian is so low, its only value is unintentional comedy.’
    • ‘He felt that those accused under the law would be responsible for unintentional and unforeseen reactions to comments they made.’
    • ‘There's an unintentional feeling of sadness in Woody Allen's latest comedy.’
    • ‘That last post might have been a completely unintentional plagiarism of a song that I haven't heard for probably eighteen years.’
    • ‘Two moments of unintentional humor I noticed through the usual dross of banal conversation.’
    • ‘He's delighted with the result, and says he's glad to be back and no longer facing an unintentional early retirement.’
    • ‘It is both intentional and conscious and unintentional and unconscious.’
    • ‘Due to an unintentional oversight, we failed to identify, prior to the release, the presence of two swastikas within the font.’
    unintended, accidental, inadvertent, involuntary, unwitting, unthinking, unmeant, unplanned, unpremeditated, unexpected, unforeseen, fortuitous, chance, coincidental, serendipitous, unconscious, subconscious
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