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



BrE BrE//eksˈtrɪnsɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈtrɪnsɪk//
; BrE BrE//eksˈtrɪnzɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//eksˈtrɪnzɪk//
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not belonging naturally to somebody/something; coming from or existing outside somebody/something rather than within them extrinsic factors She was motivated by the idea of extrinsic rewards such as salary rather than intrinsic ones such as pride and self-respect. compare intrinsic Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘outward’): from late Latin extrinsecus ‘outward’, from Latin extrinsecus ‘outwardly’, based on exter ‘outer’; the ending was altered under the influence of -ic.
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