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inner

[in-er] /ˈɪn ər/
adjective
1.
situated within or farther within; interior:
an inner door.
2.
more intimate, private, or secret:
the inner workings of the organization.
3.
of or pertaining to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual:
the inner life.
4.
not obvious; hidden or obscure:
an inner meaning.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4
Related forms
innerly, adverb, adjective
innerness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for innerness

inner

/ˈɪnə/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
being or located further inside an inner room
2.
happening or occurring inside inner movement
3.
relating to the soul, mind, spirit, etc inner feelings
4.
more profound or obscure; less apparent the inner meaning
5.
exclusive or private inner regions of the party
6.
(chem) (of a compound) having a cyclic structure formed or apparently formed by reaction of one functional group in a molecule with another group in the same molecule an inner ester
noun
7.
(archery) Also called red
  1. the red innermost ring on a target
  2. a shot which hits this ring
Derived Forms
innerly, adverb
innerness, noun
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Word Origin and History for innerness
inner
c.1400, from O.E. inra, comp. of inne (adv.) "inside" (see in). Inner city, in ref. to poverty and crime, is attested from 1968.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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