What does intrinsic mean?

Definitions for intrinsic
ɪnˈtrɪn sɪk, -zɪkin·trin·sic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intrinsic, intrinsicaladjective

    belonging to a thing by its very nature

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

  2. intrinsicadjective

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

    "intrinsic muscles"

Wiktionary

  1. intrinsicadjective

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

  2. intrinsicadjective

    Comprising, being part of a whole.

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

Wikipedia

  1. intrinsic

    In science and engineering, an intrinsic property is a property of a specified subject that exists itself or within the subject. An extrinsic property is not essential or inherent to the subject that is being characterized. For example, mass is an intrinsic property of any physical object, whereas weight is an extrinsic property that depends on the strength of the gravitational field in which the object is placed.

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  1. intrinsic

    Intrinsic refers to something that is inherent, essential, or inherent to the nature or character of a thing. It refers to qualities or properties that come from within the thing itself, rather than being a result of external factors or influences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intrinsicadjective

    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. Intrinsicadjective

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

  3. Intrinsicnoun

    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. Sidney Madwed:

    Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth.

  2. Bethany Bomberger:

    When we help children understand the power of what it means to be pro-life, they see other human beings as important and having intrinsic value, something we like to say is we love every human being, not necessarily every human doing.

  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. Kumar Dharmarajan:

    It is premature to conclude that factors intrinsic to the hospital on weekends like reduced staffing or the increased number of covering providers are primarily responsible for the greater number of hospital-acquired conditions among weekend admissions, it is not clear that the weekend is a less safe time for patients.

  5. Al Sharpton:

    The reason that we could not deal with local law enforcement and prosecutors is because of the intrinsic relationship between the local police who were involved in those situations and the prosecutors in those counties, someone that is sensitive to that understands why the federal government and Justice Department needs to intervene. ... So there's a sensitivity practice and an experienced practice that people of color could bring in that was totally absent in the last four years.

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