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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Crooked Intention
... Crooked Intention is a historic home in St ... Crooked Intention was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 ...
Ahimsa In Jainism - Philosophical Overview - Important Constituents - Mental States and Intention
... in the universe need not totally inhibit normal behaviour of the ascetics “It is the intention that ultimately matters ... 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 intention is pure, for it ...
Hannah Smith (philanthropist) - The Hannah Smith Agency
... facing European artists arriving in New York, her intention was to make a professional practice of promoting new talents and ideas to a wider public ... Taking inspiration from the photographer Dorothy Norman, her intention was that avant-garde ideas would become part of the mainstream and effect social change ... people in the Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea, the intention being that the Yuat-Langam people would collectively make movies and the Smith agency would arrange distribution ...
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 ...
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 ...

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:

    My intention is not to provoke but to appease; not to assail but to defend; not to conquer but to protect my loyal subjects and hereditary properties.
    François Rabelais (1494–1553)

    Let us dismiss, as irrelevant to the poem per se, the circumstance ... which, in the first place, gave rise to the intention of composing a poem that should suit at once the popular and the critical taste.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    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)