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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

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. Joan Didion:

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

  2. Simon Morgan:

    The policing plan and security behind it is a two-fold operation: security and public safety are both intrinsic. london Bridge came to fruition in the 60s. It's been subject to review at least three times a year.

  3. 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.

  4. George Farquhar:

    We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it.

  5. Bernard Mandeville:

    There is no intrinsic worth in money but what is alterable with the times, and whether a guinea goes for twenty pounds or for a shilling, it is the labor of the poor and not the high and low value that is set on gold or silver, which all the comforts of life must arise from.

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