Intrinsic meaning

ĭn-trĭnzĭk, -sĭk
The definition of intrinsic is something that is natural or inherent, as opposed to something that has to be learned.

An example of intrinsic is a mother's love for her child.

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Belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on external circumstances; essential; inherent.
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Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent.
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(anatomy) Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
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(anat.) Located within, or exclusively of, a part.
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Innate, inherent, inseparable from the thing itself, essential.

The intrinsic value of gold or silver.

The intrinsic merit of an action.

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(anatomy) Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
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(of a body part, relating to anatomy) Comprising, being part of a whole.
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Origin of intrinsic

  • 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

  • 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