Definition of intrinsic in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈtrinzik/
Pronunciation: /inˈtrinsik/


1Belonging naturally; essential: access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life
More example sentences
  • The fundamentals of quality are of course intrinsic to the value of a drawing.
  • I have been arguing that it is right to say, as most of us want to do, that natural goods have an intrinsic value.
  • Lastly, I am satisfied that the proposal would not undermine the intrinsic value of natural or cultural assets.
deep-rooted, deep-seated, indelible, ineradicable, ingrained;
integral, basic, fundamental, essential;
1.1(Of a muscle) contained wholly within the organ on which it acts.
Example sentences
  • Some of the extrinsic and intrinsic muscles of the tongue are connected to the hyoid bone.


Late 15th century (in the general sense 'interior, inner'): from French intrinsèque, from late Latin intrinsecus, from the earlier adverb intrinsecus 'inwardly, inward'.

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Syllabification: in·trin·sic

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