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[ UK /ˌʌnɪntˈɛnʃənə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌənɪnˈtɛnʃənəɫ/ ]
  1. not done with purpose or intent
    an unintended slight
    an unintentional pun
    the offense was unintentional
    an unwitting mistake may be overlooked
  2. done or made or performed with purpose and intent
    style...is more than the deliberate and designed creation
    well-designed houses
    games designed for all ages
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How To Use unintentional In A Sentence

  • That last post might have been a completely unintentional plagiarism of a song that I haven't heard for probably eighteen years.
  • Whether you overslept or had a flat tire, airlines often will waive such fees for passengers who unintentionally miss flights.
  • Provided the discrimination was not indirect and unintentional, damages can be awarded to take account of injury to feelings.
  • International Business Machines Corp. is one company that raised concerns about how it would be affected by the Dodd-Frank Act. It is among several large corporations that believe, without further clarification in rulemaking, they may be unintentionally caught up in the definition of a "major swaps participant" — essentially a non-dealer that regularly engages in swaps — despite their swaps being legitimate. Minimum Thresholds for Swaps Urged
  • No sooner does a government attempt to go beyond its political sphere than it exercises, even unintentionally, an insupportable tyranny.
  • Unintentionally or not, it even takes a dig at humans.
  • These were all blameless cases of unintentional and unwitting mental telegraphy, I judge.
  • If the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not surrender the one accused, because he killed his neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought.
  • Bottom trawling (scraping large nets across the seabed) kills coral, stirs up sediment causing pollutants to migrate into seaweed and other fish feed, and scoops up large amounts of by-catch -- other sealife, like turtles and dolphins unintentionally caught and wasted. Cathy Erway: The Pescatore's Dilemma
  • The only beauties of the place, and those unintentional, were the long lines of hand-planted shade-trees, uglified as far as possible with whitewashed trunks and croppy heads, but still lovable, growing, living things. Animal Heroes
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