belonging to or part of the real nature of something or someone the intrinsic value of education These tasks were repetitive, lengthy, and lacking any intrinsic interest. intrinsic to something Small local shops are intrinsic to the town's character. compare extrinsic
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NAmE//ɪnˈtrɪnzɪkli//, NAmE//ɪnˈtrɪnsɪkli//adverb There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the idea (= it is good in itself but there may be outside circumstances that mean it is not suitable).