What is intention?

  • (noun): An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.
    Synonyms: purpose, intent, aim, design
    See also — Additional definitions below


Intention is an agent's specific purpose in performing an action or series of actions, the end or goal that is aimed at. Outcomes that are unanticipated or unforeseen are known as unintended consequences.

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Trade Marks Directive - Intention
... The Directive provided a framework of minimum provisions applicable throughout the European Union but did not seek to impose onerous obligations on national trade mark registries ... For example, the Directive did not stipulate how member states should deal with the registration, revocation and invalidity of trade marks ...
Regal Intention - Stud Record
... Retired after the 1990 season, Regal Intention entered stud the following year ... Now owned by Regal Intention Partnership, he currently stands at Canmor Farms in Aldergrove, British Columbia ... Regal Intention was standing at Canmor Farm in Aldergrove, British Columbia when he was found dead on October 25 in his paddock ...
Ahimsa In Jainism - Philosophical Overview - Important Constituents - Mental States and Intention
... normal behaviour of the ascetics “It is the intention that ultimately matters ... Even if a person does not actually kill, he becomes a killer if he has the intention to kill while a doctor has to cause pain but is still non-violent and innocent because his ...
Crooked Intention
... Crooked Intention is a historic home in St ... Crooked Intention was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 ...

More definitions of "intention":

  • (noun): (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal.
    Example: "His intentions are entirely honorable"
  • (noun): An act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out.
    Example: "My intention changed once I saw her"

Famous quotes containing the word intention:

    You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.
    Ian McEwan (b. 1938)

    The powers of the federal government ... result from the compact to which the states are parties, [and are] limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact.
    James Madison (1751–1836)

    O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)