AskDefine | Define intent

Dictionary Definition

intent adj
1 directed with intense concentration; "a fixed stare"; "an intent gaze" [syn: fixed]
2 wholly absorbed as in thought; "deep in thought"; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "the book had her totally engrossed"; "enwrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought" [syn: absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, rapt, wrapped]


1 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" [syn: purpose, intention, aim, design]
2 the intended meaning of a communication [syn: purport, spirit]

User Contributed Dictionary



Existing since , from entent or entente, ultimately from intendere.


  • /ɪnˈtɛnt/
    Rhymes: -ɛnt


  1. The purpose of something that is intended.
  2. The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence.


The purpose of something that is intended
The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence


  1. Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.
  2. Engrossed.
  3. Unwavering from a course of action.


Firmly fixed or concentrated on something
Unwavering from a course of action

Extensive Definition

Intent in law is the planning and desire to perform an act, to fail to do so (i.e. an omission) or to achieve a state of affairs.
In criminal law, for a given actus reus ("guilty act"), the required element to prove intent consists of showing mens rea (mental state, "guilty mind").
The requirements for the proof of intent in tort law are generally simpler than criminal law. Knowledge of the repercussions of the act is often not necessary. It is sometimes only a matter of showing that there was desire to perform an act.
intent in German: Absicht
intent in Korean: 의사 (법)
intent in Norwegian: Forsett
intent in Swedish: Uppsåt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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