intention etymology

English word intention comes from Latin intentus, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) entencion (Intention; intent; aim.)

Detailed word origin of intention

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
intentus Latin (lat) Mindful, attentive (to the situation at hand); intent on (something) (having one's attention fixed on something). Serious, earnest.
intentio Latin (lat) Charge, accusation. Exertion, effort. Increase, augmentation. Purpose, intention. Strain, tension.
entencion Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Intention; intent; aim.
entention Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Intention; intent.
intention English (eng) (medicine) The process of the healing of a wound.. (obsolete) Any mental apprehension of an object.. (obsolete) Tension; straining, stretching.. (obsolete) The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.. The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of [...]

Words with the same origin as intention

Descendants of intentus
intentional