intention

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From Middle French intention, from Old French entencion, from Latin intentio.

Noun[edit]

intention (plural intentions)

  1. A course of action that a person intends to follow.
    My intention was to marry a wealthy widow.
    • Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) (but see Apocryhpha)
      Hell is paved with good intentions.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, Death on the Centre Court:
      It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. You stand by, Janet, and wake me up if they do any of that running commentary stuff.”
  2. The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions.
    The intention of this legislation is to boost the economy.
  3. (obsolete) Tension; straining, stretching.
  4. A stretching or bending of the mind toward of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness, and of choice, fixes its view on any idea.
  5. (obsolete) The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.
  6. (obsolete) Any mental apprehension of an object.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

intention

  1. Genitive singular form of intentio.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French entencion < Latin intentiō. Respelled intention in Middle French to more closely match the Classical Latin form.

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intention f (plural intentions)

  1. intention
    dans l'intention de devenir roi
    with the intention of becoming king

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

intention f (plural intentions)

  1. Alternative form of entention.