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intrinsic

Syllabification: in·trin·sic
Pronunciation: /inˈtrinzik
 
, inˈtrinsik
 
/

Definition of intrinsic in English:

adjective

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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

intrinsically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Each of those fields is inherently, intrinsically, international in character.
  • Knowledge carries with it the spirit that knowledge is intrinsically good, and that other people should also be educated.
  • It's why exchange betting is so intrinsically dangerous for global racing.

Words that rhyme with intrinsic

extrinsic

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