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Meaning of INTENTION

Pronunciation:  in'tenshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out; "my intention changed once I saw her"
  2. [n]  an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
  3. [n]  (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"

INTENTION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: aim, design, intent, purpose
 See Also: cross-purpose, end, goal, idea, mind, sake, view, volition, will, willing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*ten"tion\, n. [F. intention, L. intentio. See
{Intend}, and cf. {Intension}.]
1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward of the mind
   toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of
   attention; earnestness.

         Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness,
         and of choice, fixes its view on any idea. --Locke.

2. A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain
   thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New

         Hell is paved with good intentions.   --Johnson.

3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end;

         In [chronical distempers], the principal intention
         is to restore the tone of the solid parts.

4. The state of being strained. See {Intension}. [Obs.]

5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.

{First intention} (Logic), a conception of a thing formed by
   the first or direct application of the mind to the
   individual object; an idea or image; as, man, stone.

{Second intention} (Logic), a conception generalized from
   first intuition or apprehension already formed by the
   mind; an abstract notion; especially, a classified notion,
   as species, genus, whiteness.

{To heal by the first intention} (Surg.), to cicatrize, as a
   wound, without suppuration.

{To heal by the second intention} (Surg.), to unite after

Syn: Design; purpose; object; aim; intent; drift; purport;
     meaning. See {Design}.

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