Intention

Definition of Intention

In`ten´tion
n.1.
1.A stretching or bending 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 York.
Hell is paved with good intentions.
- Johnson.
3.The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.
In [chronical distempers], the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts.
- Arbuthnot.
4.The state of being strained. See Intension.
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 suppuration.

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