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VIRTUAL INTENTION

An intention that was once made and continues to influence the act now being done. But it is not present to the person's consciousness at the moment of performing the act. This kind of intention is sufficient for a human act to be voluntary and therefore morally responsible. (Etym. Latin virtualis, from virtus, capacity, virtue.)

See Also: ACTUAL INTENTION, See Also: HABITUAL INTENTION, See Also: INTENTION, See Also: INTERPRETATIVE INTENTION

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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