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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
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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.


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A term used by ATC (air traffic control) to ask a pilot, “What do you plan to do?”
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In the proposition, "man is an animal," the subject is itself a species or intelligible type that is denominated known a second time (by the predicate "animal") and so subsumed under a more extensive logical attribute, namely, the genus.(37) Thus an object grasped through immediate experience (first intention) is denominated known by an intelligible content that can itself serve as subject in a higher-order scientific proposition (second intention).
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As the title suggests, the treatise is primarily concerned with second intentions, a standard medieval logical notion.

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