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Definitions of intrinsic

  1. A genuine quality. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Intrinsically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts; "intrinsic muscles" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential; inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; - opposed to extrinsic; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver; the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or goodness of a person. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; - opposed to extrinsic. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Pertaining to the very nature of a thing; real. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Inward; genuine; inherent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Inward; inherent; genuine; real. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. True; genuine; real; inherent; not merely apparent or accidental. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Inner muscles of tongue; opp. extrinsic. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for intrinsic

  1. The highest perfection and loveliness of man fall infinitely short of the intrinsic loveliness and divine perfection's of Jehovah. – Twenty-Four Short Sermons On The Doctrine Of Universal Salvation by John Bovee Dods
  2. Awkwardness and ill- breeding shock me to that degree, that where I meet with them, I cannot find in my heart to inquire into the intrinsic merit of that person- I hastily decide in myself that he can have none; and am not sure that I should not even be sorry to know that he had any. – Letters to His Son, 1749 by The Earl of Chesterfield