noun | \ in-ˈtent \ | in·tent
  1. a : the design or purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act — called also criminal intent; compare knowledge, mens rea, motive, negligence

  1. b : the purpose to commit a tortious act having consequences that the actor desires and believes or knows will occur

    — constructive intent
    : intent that is inferred to exist (as from willfulness or recklessness) in relation to an act

    — criminal intent
    : intent 1a

    — general intent
    : intent to perform an illegal act without the desire for further consequences or a precise result there was a general intent to assault but not to kill

    — specific intent
    : intent to perform an illegal act with the knowledge or purpose that particular results will or may ensue assaulted him with specific intent to kill

    — transferred intent
    : intent attributed to a person who intends to cause another harm when the harm is accidentally inflicted on an unintended victim : a doctrine in tort and criminal law: a wrongdoer who causes harm to a person other than the one intended may nevertheless be held to have intended the harmful result

  1. a : intendment — see also legislative intent

    b : the purpose of a document (as a contract or will)

    c : the aim or goal of a person in creating a document or taking an action the court's attempt to fulfill the donor's intent the intent of the contracting parties implied by their language — see also original intent