Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not deliberate or intentional; inadvertent: an unintentional pun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not intended or deliberate; inadvertent; unwitting

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not intentional; not designed; done or happening without design.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without deliberate intent
  • adj. not done with purpose or intent

Etymologies

un- +‎ intentional (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In an announcement, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it regretted what it called "unintentional confrontations between the military police and the youth of the revolution."

    latimes.com - News

  • It is a terrible tragedy that fear of being racist actually results in unintentional discrimination. on February 10, 2010 at 6: 05 pm Twining

    Why front-line police officers are glad about Dizaei « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • But the original headline shows how omitting that can result in unintentional absurdity.

    September « 2008 « Sentence first

  • Add this to the long list of examples of IOKIYAR and right-wing studies in unintentional irony.

    May 2005

  • Males are almost three times as likely to die from “accidents and adverse effects” another term for unintentional injuries; see Table 4-8 than are females.

    The Population of the United States

  • The very term unintentional eugenics is an oxymoron, and your assertion that these pumps that help remove harmful chemicals offers no survival advantage is fundamentally wrong.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • I would argue that McGann’s and Viscomi’s positions are not mutually exclusive: Blake’s method of production probably resulted in unintentional variations, and Blake might have changed, for example, the order of plates in a copy of a poem on purpose.

    'Points of Contact': Blake and Whitman

  • If they are unintentional, which is most often the case, it is difficult to find a remedy.

    Henry J. Stern: Too Close to Call

  • Collateral damage (in my opinion) is better defined as the unintentional murder of innocent civilians in order to achieve the annihilation of an enemy target.

    Israel: Attacks on Gaza will Likely Backfire

  • Human is prone to errors, mistakes or sins which can be identified as unintentional and intentional.

    Deviation

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