second intention

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sec·ond in·ten·tion

(sek'ŏnd in-ten'shŭn)
Delayed closure of two granulating surfaces.
See also: first intention, third intention


(in-ten'chon) [L. intentio, purpose, aim]
1. A natural process of healing.
2. A goal or purpose.

first intention

See: healing by first intention

second intention

See: healing by second intention

third intention

See: healing by third intention
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By contrast, Scotus attempts to buttress Aquinas's contention that second intentions are concepts of concepts by insisting that second intentions are not based on the quidditative being of things but upon their esse cognitum, their being understood, and the relations represented by second intentional concepts such as "genus" and "species" have their immediate foundation in the ways we understand things rather than the ways that things are (pp.
54) Even this constitution only becomes apparent to the intellect by way of reflection upon the content of thought in second intention.
The distinction between first and second intentions is perhaps best clarified by way of example.

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