Definition of Intention

1. Noun. An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions. "He made no secret of his designs"

Exact synonyms: Aim, Design, Intent, Purpose
Generic synonyms: End, Goal
Specialized synonyms: Idea, Mind, Cross-purpose, Final Cause, Sake, View, Will
Derivative terms: Aim, Design, Design, Design, Intend, Purpose

2. Noun. (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal. "His intentions are entirely honorable"
Generic synonyms: End, Goal
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Derivative terms: Intentional

3. Noun. An act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out. "My intention changed once I saw her"
Generic synonyms: Volition, Willing
Derivative terms: Intend

Definition of Intention

1. n. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

Definition of Intention

1. Noun. A course of action that a person intends to follow. ¹

2. Noun. The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) Tension; straining, stretching. ¹

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Definition of Intention

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Medical Definition of Intention

1. 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 York. "Hell is paved with good intentions." (Johnson) 3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim. "In [chronical distempers], the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts." (Arbuthnot) 4. The state of being strained. See Intension. 5. Any mental apprehension of an object. 6. First intention, to unite after suppuration. Synonym: Design, purpose, object, aim, intent, drift, purport, meaning. See Design. Origin: F. Intention, L. Intentio. See Intend, and cf. Intension. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intention

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Literary usage of Intention

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1916)
"ON MEMORIZING WITH THE intention PERMANENTLY TO RETAIN By FP BOSWELL and WS FOSTER It has often been pointed out, moreover, that less general determinations ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"Upon that question the Lord Keeper says, that, in the construction of Wills the Court is bound to find out the intention of the testator, if it is possible; ..."

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