Definition of intrinsic in English:



  • 1Belonging naturally; essential.

    ‘access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been arguing that it is right to say, as most of us want to do, that natural goods have an intrinsic value.’
    • ‘It is open to the general public and aims to underline the intrinsic value of the subject as a core life skill.’
    • ‘Socrates believed in the intrinsic value of asking honest questions and challenging orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Also intrinsic to the flea market orientation was an element of bargain hunting.’
    • ‘By the same token, investors are starting to recognise the intrinsic value of more profitable old economy businesses.’
    • ‘Granitic magmatism at convergent margins is intrinsic to the growth of continents and is an integral part of Andean geology.’
    • ‘There is not a natural, intrinsic sense of community created through television.’
    • ‘These systems are inseparable and intrinsic to the problem of designing a school.’
    • ‘The fundamentals of quality are of course intrinsic to the value of a drawing.’
    • ‘At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic value for our society.’
    • ‘I have always believed in an element of good that is intrinsic to even the most cruel of people.’
    • ‘Often the intrinsic value is the underlying price of a company's total assets.’
    • ‘Lepper and Malone argue that control is an essential part of intrinsic motivation.’
    • ‘But of course, tour guides have a definite advantage intrinsic to their position.’
    • ‘Lastly, I am satisfied that the proposal would not undermine the intrinsic value of natural or cultural assets.’
    • ‘But what is it that makes sport such an essential and intrinsic part of the lives of some people?’
    • ‘The trees that were here were seldom valued for their intrinsic values, but for their economic worth.’
    • ‘Now whatever the intrinsic value of these proverbs, there's no taking away from the harm they cause.’
    inherent, innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, natural, native, constitutional, built-in, ingrained, deep-rooted, inseparable, permanent, indelible, ineradicable, ineffaceable
    integral, basic, fundamental, underlying, constitutive, elemental, essential, vital, necessary
    connate, connatural
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    1. 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, inward.