What does extrinsic mean?

Definitions for extrinsicɪkˈstrɪn sɪk, -zɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word extrinsic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extrinsic(adj)

    not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

    "extrinsic evidence"; "an extrinsic feature of the new building"; "that style is something extrinsic to the subject"; "looking for extrinsic aid"


  1. extrinsic(Adjective)

    external, separable from the thing itself, inessential

  2. extrinsic(Adjective)

    not belonging to, outside of

  3. Origin: From extrinsecus, from *, an assumed adverbial form of exter + seccus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extrinsic(adj)

    not contained in or belonging to a body; external; outward; unessential; -- opposed to intrinsic

  2. Extrinsic(adj)

    attached partly to an organ or limb and partly to some other part/ -- said of certain groups of muscles. Opposed to intrinsic

  3. Origin: [L. extrinsecus; exter on the outside + secus otherwise, beside; akin to E. second: cf. F. extrinsque. See Exterior, Second.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extrinsic

    -al, eks-trin′sik, -al, adj. external: not contained in or belonging to a body: foreign: not essential—opp. to Intrinsic.—n. Extrinsical′ity.—adv. Extrin′sically. [Fr.,—L. extrinsecusexter, outside, secus, beside.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extrinsic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extrinsic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Unknown:

    People who are too concerned with how well they are doing will be less successful and feel less competent than those who focus on the task itself... Some psychologists call it a conflict between ego-orientation, or between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation... but in all cases, what counts is whether attention is turned away from the task at hand and focused on the self and its future rewards, or whether it is instead trained on the task itself. The latter attitude seems the more fruitful.

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