Definitions for: Intention

[n] an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out; "my intention changed once I saw her"
[n] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
[n] (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*ten"tion, n. [F. intention, L. intentio. See
Intend, and cf. Intension.]
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

Hell is paved with good intentions. --Johnson.

3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end;

In [chronical distempers], the principal intention
is to restore the tone of the solid parts.

4. The state of being strained. See Intension. [Obs.]

5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.

First intention (Logic), a conception of a thing formed by
the first or direct application of the mind to the
individual object; an idea or image; as, man, stone.

Second intention (Logic), a conception generalized from
first intuition or apprehension already formed by the
mind; an abstract notion; especially, a classified notion,
as species, genus, whiteness.

To heal by the first intention (Surg.), to cicatrize, as a
wound, without suppuration.

To heal by the second intention (Surg.), to unite after

Syn: Design; purpose; object; aim; intent; drift; purport;
meaning. See Design.

Synonyms: aim, design, intent, purpose

See Also: cross-purpose, end, goal, idea, mind, sake, view, volition, will, willing

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