Definition of intrinsic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk//
; BrE BrE//ɪnˈtrɪnzɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtrɪnzɪk//
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belonging to or part of the real nature of something/somebody 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 Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the general sense ‘interior, inner’): from French intrinsèque, from late Latin intrinsecus, from the earlier adverb intrinsecus ‘inwardly, inwards’.
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