in·ten·tion /in-'ten-chən/ n: something intended: intent
the intention of the testator
Intent is more commonly used than intention when speaking technically esp. about the criminal and tort concepts of intent (senses 1a and 1b).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aim, ambition, consilium, design, desire, destination, determination, direction, earnestness, end in view, end intended, fixed direction, fixed purpose, goal, institution, mark, object, objective, plan, propositum, purpose, resolution, resolve, set purpose, settled determination, target, ultimate purpose associated concepts: donative intention, implied intention, the intention of the parties, malicious intention foreign phrases:
- In testamentis plenlus voluntates testantlum interpretantur. — In wills, the intentions of the testators should be fully regarded
- Non efficit affectus nisi sequatur effectus. — The intention amounts to nothing unless some effect follows
- In convention/bus, contrahentium voluntas potius quam verba spectari placutt. — In contracts, it is the rule to regard the intention of the parties rather than the actual words
- Culpa lata dolo aequiparatur. — Gross negligence is held equivalent to malice.
- In maleficlis voluntas spectator, non exitus. — In offenses, the intention is regarded, not the result
- Intentio inservlre debet legibus, non leges intentioni. — The intention of a party ought to be subservient to the laws, not the laws to intentions
- Benigne faciendae sunt interpretationes, propter simplicitatem laicorum, ut res magis valeat quam pereat; et verba intentioni, non e contra, debent inservire. — Interpretations should be liberal, because of the lack of training of laymen, so that the subject matter should be valid rather than void, and words should be subject to the intention, not the intention to the words
II index animus, cause (reason), conatus, connotation, contemplation, content (meaning), design (intent), destination, end (intent), expectation, forethought, goal, idea, objective, plan, point (purpose), predetermination, project, prospect (outlook), purpose, reason (basis), resolution (decision), scienter, signification, target

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A plan, desire, or aim; something that is intended.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • intention — [ ɛ̃tɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1190; lat. intentio 1 ♦ Fait de se proposer un certain but. ⇒ dessein, idée, projet. Intention et action, et passage à l acte. ♢ Dr. Volonté consciente de commettre un fait prohibé par la loi. Commettre un acte avec l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intention — • An act of the will by which that faculty efficaciously desires to reach an end by employing the means Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Intention     Intention      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • intention — INTENTION. s. f. Dessein, mouvement de l ame par lequel on tend, on vise à quelque fin. Bonne intention. mauvaise intention. droite, loüable intention. il a intention, l intention de faire quelque chose. mon intention n estoit pas de vous… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Intention — In*ten tion, n. [F. intention, L. intentio. See {Intend}, and cf. {Intension}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness. [1913 Webster] Intention is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intention — intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal are comparable when meaning what one proposes to accomplish or to attain by doing or making something, in distinction from what prompts one (the motive), or from the activity… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intention — is followed either by of + verbal noun or by a to infinitive, the first of these being somewhat more common and the second influenced by the verb intend: • I have no intention no present intention of standing for Parliament Harold Macmillan, 1979 …   Modern English usage

  • Intention — Sf Absicht, Bestreben per. Wortschatz fremd. Erkennbar fremd (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. intentio ( ōnis), einem Abstraktum zu l. intendere (intentum) hinwenden, anschicken, sein Streben auf etwas richten , zu l. tendere (tentum,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • intention — [in ten′shən] n. [ME entencioun < OFr entencion < L intentio < pp. of intendere] 1. the act or fact of intending; determination to do a specified thing or act in a specified manner 2. a) anything intended or planned; aim, end, or purpose …   English World dictionary

  • Intention — (v. lat.), Absicht, Zweck; daher Intentioniren, beabsichtigen. Intentionalismus, Glaube, daß der Zweck (Intention) die Mittel heilige. Intentionalität, Absichtlichkeit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Intention — (lat.), Absicht, Vorhaben, Zweck (nicht zu verwechseln mit Intension, s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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