One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Belonging naturally; essential.‘access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life’
inherent, innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, natural, native, constitutional, built-in, ingrained, deep-rooted, inseparable, permanent, indelible, ineradicable, ineffaceableView synonyms
- ‘Thus, we have seen two relations that are elements in the bundle of relations that appear as intrinsic to existing as a human being.’
- ‘Lepper and Malone argue that control is an essential part of intrinsic motivation.’
- ‘Lastly, I am satisfied that the proposal would not undermine the intrinsic value of natural or cultural assets.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘But of course, tour guides have a definite advantage intrinsic to their position.’
- ‘I have always believed in an element of good that is intrinsic to even the most cruel of people.’
- ‘I have been arguing that it is right to say, as most of us want to do, that natural goods have an intrinsic value.’
- ‘These systems are inseparable and intrinsic to the problem of designing a school.’
- ‘Socrates believed in the intrinsic value of asking honest questions and challenging orthodoxy.’
- ‘Now whatever the intrinsic value of these proverbs, there's no taking away from the harm they cause.’
- ‘Often the intrinsic value is the underlying price of a company's total assets.’
- ‘It is open to the general public and aims to underline the intrinsic value of the subject as a core life skill.’
- ‘At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic value for our society.’
- ‘There is not a natural, intrinsic sense of community created through television.’
- ‘By the same token, investors are starting to recognise the intrinsic value of more profitable old economy businesses.’
- ‘The trees that were here were seldom valued for their intrinsic values, but for their economic worth.’
- ‘What I like is that the storyline doesn't just set up the sex stuff, but the sex stuff is intrinsic to the storyline.’
- ‘The fundamentals of quality are of course intrinsic to the value of a drawing.’
- ‘Granitic magmatism at convergent margins is intrinsic to the growth of continents and is an integral part of Andean geology.’
- 1.1 (of a muscle) contained wholly within the organ on which it acts.
- ‘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, inwards’.
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