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1. Law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
2. Med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue



a purpose or goal; the direction or directedness of consciousness, will, and, to a certain extent, feelings toward an object. The concept of intention dates back to Scholasticism, which distinguished “primary intention,” oriented toward a particular, from “secondary intention,” oriented toward a universal.

In the 19th century the concept of intention was again introduced into philosophy by the German philosopher F. Brentano. In his view, intentionality signifies the “objectness” of any act of consciousness, that is, its necessary relatedness to a certain—real or imaginary—object. Ideas of intention and intentionality are central (as universal characteristics of consciousness) to the views of A. Meinong (Austria) and E. Husserl (Germany). These concepts, particularly through the work of Meinong, were adopted by psychology, resulting in a refinement of ideas of the nature and direction of psychic activity, as well as in the formation of the concept of set.



A term used by ATC (air traffic control) to ask a pilot, “What do you plan to do?”
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Lee Palmer Wandel's Introduction ("Defining a Life: The Western Tradition"), however well intentioned, is not one of the strengths of the book.
In the absence of that assurance, the President's proposal to give business tax credits of up to $5,000 for each welfare recipient they hire is totally inadequate, however well intentioned, as an incentive to hire.
Antronio, the mouthpiece for the unreformed clergy, is presented as ignorant and venial, but tractable and good intentioned. He vows to follow his interlocutors' recommendation to read Erasmus, but at fifty, admits he is too old to learn Latin.
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Generally, a response from the facility personnel would be, "It's accessible" followed by a hopeful and parenthetical, "I'm almost sure." While well intentioned, the staff persons understandably have difficulty in the certainty of their hotels' accessibility due to the many interpretations of the word, "accessibility."
The Government's rules were well intentioned, despite the stupid manner in which they were introduced.