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intrinsic

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  • IPA(key): /ɪn.ˈtrɪn.zɪk/

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From Middle French intrinsèque, from Latin intrinsecus (on the inside, inwardly), from *intrim, an assumed adverbial form of inter (within) + seccus (by, on the side)

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intrinsic (comparative more intrinsic, superlative most intrinsic)

  1. Innate, inherent, inseparable from the thing itself, essential.
    the intrinsic value of gold or silver
    the intrinsic merit of an action
    • I. Taylor
      He was better qualified than they to estimate justly the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and refinement.
  2. (of a body part, relating to anatomy) Comprising, being part of a whole.

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