Definition of intentionality in US English:



  • 1The fact of being deliberate or purposive.

    • ‘We will contribute to the world of positive youth development with practical applications driven by intentionality that can be used in any setting.’
    • ‘As I have already outlined, a social fact for Searle is any fact that involves collective intentionality.’
    • ‘For me, the intentionality, the planning, is wonderfully creative and incredibly sexy.’
    • ‘Where oracles once spoke with a particular type of intentionality that provided a foundational basis for truth, we now cannot fall back on such myths.’
    • ‘The over-determined nature of intentionality invariably means a gap between what is intended and what can be seen.’
    • ‘The concern of the criminal law is with the level of intentionality with which the defendant acted, in other words, with what the defendant intended, knew, or should have known when he acted.’
    • ‘I agree with Josh that intentionality is the fundamental issue for those interested in assessing the administration's efforts.’
    • ‘Community is not experienced mostly through intentionality.’
    • ‘There is a playing down of intentionality, and a stress on attentiveness and reception.’
    • ‘Preferences, plans, goals, and other markers of intentionality are at the highest level.’
    • ‘You mentioned language and its multiple meaning, metaphorical asides, its evocative transgressions and endearing intentionality.’
    • ‘Any fact that involves shared collective intentionality is a social fact.’
    • ‘The problem with purchasing labour is that it is a distinctly unusual commodity, imbued with intentionality.’
    • ‘I think we can safely say that the intentionality behind the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 is established beyond reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘This follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a tax protester some years ago and is consistent with our view that intentionality must underlie a criminal act.’
    • ‘Making a film from pre-existing images refracts so many layers of intentionality, it makes my head spin.’
    • ‘In the voice, words are flooded with soulful intentionality; the soul emerges briefly from the obscure corporeal dark and is suddenly there.’
    • ‘Of course, these predicates unleash a horde of problems concerning vagueness, subjectivity, and intentionality, but difficulties along these lines do not imperil the basic approach.’
    • ‘Therefore, intentionality and deliberate programming done in camps often resulted in positive youth development.’
    • ‘In light of the historical attention given to purposiveness and intentionality, it is worth asking what is required in the way of cognitive structure to support these aspects of adaptive behavior.’
    deliberateness, intent, design, calculation
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    1. 1.1Philosophy The quality of mental states (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) that consists in their being directed toward some object or state of affairs.
      • ‘The latter, it will be recalled, is characterized by intentionality, directedness towards an object.’
      • ‘But, alas, such a clear and distinct view of mental intentionality still eludes philosophers of mind.’
      • ‘This would suggest that phenomenality was inherently intentional, while intentionality was not inherently phenomenal.’
      • ‘Where are we if we take the view that physicalism cannot account for the intentionality of mental items?’
      • ‘But the primary phenomena of intentionality are conscious experiences, including conscious thoughts.’