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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.

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

  2. intrinsicadjective

    Comprising, being part of a whole.

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

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. 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.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Flaws are intrinsic part of your Nature. Accept it for it can't be improved, just rejoice in it! ~ Ramana Pemmaraju

  3. Tu Zhengfeng:

    We're moving toward the structure of a global investment bank, it's increasingly important to identify a company's intrinsic value, and you need expertise to do that.

  4. Martin Cordiner:

    In some ways, life can be thought of as the ultimate in chemical complexity, the presence of C60 unequivocally demonstrates a high level of chemical complexity intrinsic to space environments, and points toward a strong likelihood for other extremely complex, carbon-bearing molecules arising spontaneously in space.

  5. Thomas Russo:

    I am delighted with the increased commitment to share repurchases, it may be a very large arrow in Berkshire's quiver to increase intrinsic value on a per-share basis.

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