Definition of intrinsic in English:



  • Belonging naturally; essential.

    ‘access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life’
    • ‘I have always believed in an element of good that is intrinsic to even the most cruel of people.’
    • ‘The fundamentals of quality are of course intrinsic to the value of a drawing.’
    • ‘These systems are inseparable and intrinsic to the problem of designing a school.’
    • ‘By the same token, investors are starting to recognise the intrinsic value of more profitable old economy businesses.’
    • ‘At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic value for our society.’
    • ‘Now whatever the intrinsic value of these proverbs, there's no taking away from the harm they cause.’
    • ‘Thus, we have seen two relations that are elements in the bundle of relations that appear as intrinsic to existing as a human being.’
    • ‘What I like is that the storyline doesn't just set up the sex stuff, but the sex stuff is intrinsic to the storyline.’
    • ‘Socrates believed in the intrinsic value of asking honest questions and challenging orthodoxy.’
    • ‘There is not a natural, intrinsic sense of community created through television.’
    • ‘Lastly, I am satisfied that the proposal would not undermine the intrinsic value of natural or cultural assets.’
    • ‘It is open to the general public and aims to underline the intrinsic value of the subject as a core life skill.’
    • ‘Often the intrinsic value is the underlying price of a company's total assets.’
    • ‘But of course, tour guides have a definite advantage intrinsic to their position.’
    • ‘The trees that were here were seldom valued for their intrinsic values, but for their economic worth.’
    • ‘Also intrinsic to the flea market orientation was an element of bargain hunting.’
    • ‘But what is it that makes sport such an essential and intrinsic part of the lives of some people?’
    • ‘Lepper and Malone argue that control is an essential part of intrinsic motivation.’
    • ‘Granitic magmatism at convergent margins is intrinsic to the growth of continents and is an integral part of Andean geology.’
    • ‘I have been arguing that it is right to say, as most of us want to do, that natural goods have an intrinsic value.’
    inherent, innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, natural, native, constitutional, built-in, ingrained, deep-rooted, inseparable, permanent, indelible, ineradicable, ineffaceable
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Late 15th century (in the general sense ‘interior, inner’): from French intrinsèque, from late Latin intrinsecus, from the earlier adverb intrinsecus ‘inwardly, inwards’.