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Definition of intrinsic:

  1. A genuine quality.
  2. Included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; - opposed to extrinsic.
  3. 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.


indispensable, start, congenital, inborn, be, native, constitutional, infixed, internal, innate, intimate, inbred, natural, indwelling, essential, inbuilt, built-in, inner, integral, intrinsical, inherent, inhering, connatural, immanent, inwrought, indigenous.

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