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[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 relating 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

adj.

c.1400, from Old English inra, comp. of inne (adv.) "inside" (see in). Cf. Old High German innaro, German inner. An unusual evolution for a comparative, it has not been used with than since Middle English. Inner tube in the pneumatic tire sense is from 1894. Inner city, in reference to poverty and crime, is attested from 1968.

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