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ɪnˈtrɪn sɪk, -zɪkin·trin·sic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intrinsic, intrinsical(adj)

    belonging to a thing by its very nature

    "form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"- John Dewey

  2. intrinsic(adj)

    situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts

    "intrinsic muscles"

Wiktionary

  1. intrinsic(Adjective)

    Innate, inherent, inseparable from the thing itself, essential.

    Etymology: From intrinsecus, from *, an assumed adverbial form of inter + seccus

  2. intrinsic(Adjective)

    Comprising, being part of a whole.

    Etymology: From intrinsecus, from *, an assumed adverbial form of inter + seccus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intrinsic(adj)

    inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential; inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; -- opposed to extrinsic; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver; the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or goodness of a person

  2. Intrinsic(adj)

    included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; -- opposed to extrinsic

  3. Intrinsic(noun)

    a genuine quality

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intrinsic

    -al, in-trin′sik, -al, p.adj. inward: genuine: inherent: essential, belonging to the point at issue: (anat.) applied to those muscles of the limbs entirely contained within the anatomical limits of the limb.—n. Intrinsical′ity.—adv. Intrin′sically.—n. Intrin′sicalness, the quality of being intrinsical: genuineness. [Fr.,—L. intrinsecusintra, within, secus, following.]

Editors Contribution

  1. intrinsic

    Being or belonging to the nature or constitution of an animal, person, place or thing.

    Love is an intrinsic part of the heart of an animal or human being.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2017  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intrinsic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intrinsic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of intrinsic in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    All great thoughts have only intrinsic values without the tag of price, so a person having any volume of it can only enrich oneself or/and others than to be rich by preaching it to the people.

  2. Chris Jackson:

    They don't generate income, their worth is generally not intrinsic but only what other people are willing to pay, good luck selling your Beanie Baby collection.

  3. Roy Behren:

    If the deal is successfully completed, (institutional holders) will make the arbitrage spread and come out long the acquiring company, and if the deal is blocked, they may lose a little bit in the short run, but they would believe that they would make money as the stock realizes its intrinsic value.

  4. Joan Didion:

    To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth... is potentially to have everything...

  5. Fidel Lezcano:

    Expressiveness, creativity is intrinsic to Cuban culture, that's our strength.

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