Intrinsic Definition

ĭn-trĭnzĭk, -sĭk
Belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on external circumstances; essential; inherent.
Webster's New World
Located within, or exclusively of, a part.
Webster's New World

Origin of Intrinsic

  • From Middle French intrinsèque, from Latin intrinsecus (“on the inside, inwardly”), from *intrim, an assumed adverbial form of inter (“within”) + seccus (“by, on the side”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English intrinsique inner from Old French intrinseque from Late Latin intrīnsecus inward from Latin inwardly en in Indo-European roots

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

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