Definition of unintentional in English:



  • Not done on purpose.

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