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Definitions for intrinsic
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. 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.

  2. Garen Wintemute:

    The two are not the same, you do not have a right to conveyance. You have a right to self-defense, you have a right to protecting your home and your family that's intrinsic to you as a human being.

  3. Peter Van de Vliet:

    The profile of Paralympics sports has increased and that carries with it an intrinsic risk that people will try to stretch boundaries, by means of technology, by means of unauthorized substances and whatever is humanly possible.

  4. Willa Sibert Cather:

    Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.

  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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