intentional Definition

done on purpose; deliberate.

Using intentional: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "intentional" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She made an intentional effort to arrive early.

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    He gave an intentional misrepresentation of the facts.

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    The artist used intentional brush strokes to create a specific effect.

  • Example

    The company's decision to downsize was intentional.

intentional Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with intentional

  • a planned residential community designed to have a much higher degree of social interaction than other communities


    The members of the intentional community shared resources and responsibilities.

  • a wrongful act committed intentionally that causes harm to another person


    Assault and battery are examples of intentional torts.

  • a lifestyle in which one is mindful of their actions and choices, and lives with purpose and intention


    She decided to adopt intentional living by simplifying her life and focusing on what truly mattered to her.

Origins of intentional

from Latin 'intentionalis', from 'intentio' meaning 'a stretching out'


Summary: intentional in Brief

The term 'intentional' [ɪnˈtɛnʃ(ə)n(ə)l] refers to something done deliberately or on purpose. It can describe actions, decisions, or even communities, as in 'intentional living.' Examples include 'She made an intentional effort to arrive early,' and 'The artist used intentional brush strokes to create a specific effect.' Its synonyms include 'deliberate,' 'conscious,' and 'willful.'

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