intrinsic

[in-trin-sik, -zik]
adjective
1.
belonging to a thing by its very nature: the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
2.
Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.
Also, intrinsical.


Origin:
1480–90; < Medieval Latin intrinsecus inward (adj.), Latin (adv.), equivalent to intrin- (int(e)r-, as in interior + -im adv. suffix) + secus beside, derivative of sequī to follow

intrinsically, adverb

extraneous, external, extrinsic, internal, intrinsic.


1. native, innate, natural, true, real. See essential.


1. extrinsic.
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intrinsic or intrinsical (ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
2.  anatomy situated within or peculiar to a part: intrinsic muscles
 
[C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow]
 
intrinsical or intrinsical
 
adj
 
[C15: from Late Latin intrinsecus from Latin, inwardly, from intrā within + secus alongside; related to sequī to follow]
 
in'trinsically or intrinsical
 
adv

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intrinsic
late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from M.Fr. intrinsèque (13c.) "inner," from M.L. intrinsecus "interior, internal," from L. intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow"). Meaning "belonging to
the nature of a thing" is from 1640s.
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intrinsic in·trin·sic (ĭn-trĭn'zĭk, -sĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.

  2. 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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Example sentences
Although he is not satisfied that this offer is authentic, it is not
  intrinsically improbable.
On the other hand, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with technology.
Another is that brainy people are intrinsically healthier than those less
  intellectually endowed.
They were intrinsically unable to understand the problem.
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