intrinsic

intrinsic late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from M.Fr. intrinsèque "inner" (13c.), from M.L. intrinsecus "interior, internal," from L. intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" (see INTRA- (Cf. intra-)) + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see SEQUEL (Cf. sequel)). Meaning "belonging to the nature of a thing" is from 1640s. Related: Intrinsicly.

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  • Intrinsic — In*trin sic ([i^]n*tr[i^]n s[i^]k), a. [L. intrinsecus inward, on the inside; intra within + secus otherwise, beside; akin to E. second: cf. F. intrins[ e]que. See {Inter }, {Second}, and cf. {Extrinsic}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Inward; internal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intrinsic — in·trin·sic /in trin zik, sik/ adj: belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. intrinsic …   Law dictionary

  • intrinsic — UK US /ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk/ adjective ► being an extremely important and basic characteristic of a person or thing: intrinsic to sth »Design is intrinsic to every product. an intrinsic part/element of sth »Stay at home mothers are an intrinsic part of the …   Financial and business terms

  • intrinsic — means ‘inherent, essential, belonging naturally’ and is the opposite of extrinsic: • The study of portraits on coins is…as much about the political factors that influenced them as about their intrinsic or moral interest A. Burnett, 1991. See… …   Modern English usage

  • Intrinsic — In*trin sic, n. A genuine quality. [Obs.] Warburton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intrinsic — inherent, ingrained, constitutional, essential Analogous words: inner, inward, internal, interior, inside, intestine: innate, inborn, inbred, congenital: natural, normal, typical, *regular Antonyms: extrinsic Contrasted words: *outer, outward,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intrinsic —  Intrinsic  Беспримесный (собственный)   Полупроводник, в котором можно пренебречь влиянием примесей при данной температуре. Для полупроводников характерно наличие не очень широкой запрещенной зоны в энергетической диаграмме. При T=0оК у… …   Толковый англо-русский словарь по нанотехнологии. - М.

  • intrinsic — [adj] basic, inborn built in, central, congenital, connate, constitutional, constitutive, deep seated, elemental, essential, fundamental, genuine, hereditary, inbred, indwelling, inherent, inmost, innate, intimate, material, native, natural,… …   New thesaurus

  • intrinsic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ belonging to the basic nature of someone or something; essential. DERIVATIVES intrinsically adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «interior, inner»: from Latin intrinsecus inwardly, inwards …   English terms dictionary

  • intrinsic — [in trin′sik, in trin′zik] adj. [LME intrinsique < MFr intrinsèque < LL intrinsecus, inward < L, inwardly < intra , within (see INTRA ) + secus, following: see EXTRINSIC] 1. belonging to the real nature of a thing; not dependent on… …   English World dictionary

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