intentive

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ententif, borrowed from Old French ententif, from Late Latin intentīvus (intensive), from Latin intendō (I intend, I attend).

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Adjective[edit]

intentive (comparative more intentive, superlative most intentive)

  1. Paying attention; attentive, heedful.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  2. Intent (of the mind, thoughts etc.).
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
      To which whilest she lent her intentive mind, / He suddenly his net upon her threw []
  3. (grammar) Expressing intent.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

intentīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of intentīvus