Definition of intendment in English:

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intendment

Pronunciation: /inˈtendmənt/

noun

Law
The sense in which the law understands or interprets something, such as the true intention of a piece of legislation.
Example sentences
  • Turning to the present case, the question then arises whether the true intendment of the contract was such as to permit an immediate withdrawal of the licence.
  • Who, it is to be asked, is within the legislative grasp or intendment, of the statute under consideration?
  • Might I say, if you look at intendment, again Justice Dixon seems to have constructed his more narrow conception of section 75 around a very different circumstance.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting an intended meaning): from Old French entendement, from entendre 'intend'.

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Syllabification: in·tend·ment

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