Extrinsic Definition

ĭk-strĭnsĭk, -zĭk
Not really belonging to the thing with which it is connected; not inherent.
Webster's New World
Being, coming, or acting from the outside; extraneous.
Webster's New World
Originating from the outside; external.
American Heritage

Origin of Extrinsic

  • From French extrinsèque, from Latin extrinsecus (“from without, without, on the outside”), from *extrim, an assumed adverbial form of exter (“outer, outward”) + seccus (“by, on the side”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin extrīnsecus from outside exter outside exterior -im adv. suff. secus alongside sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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