- not essential or inherent; not a basic part or quality; extraneous: facts that are extrinsic to the matter under discussion.
- being outside a thing; outward or external; operating or coming from without: extrinsic influences.
- Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) originating outside the anatomical limits of a part.
Origin of extrinsic
Examples from the Web for extrinsically
And "mediumistic" facts, extrinsically at least, are certainly better known.Lola
Intrinsically and extrinsically it may be considered inaccessible to these generations.
Intrinsically the deposits are alike; but extrinsically they are far different, and their values are correspondingly unlike.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
Wife being intrinsically, as well as extrinsically, the better man, what other can he do?Women of History
Thus as the perfect monad, he is intrinsically and extrinsically the whole, sustaining all things.Giordano Bruno
James Lewis McIntyre
- not contained or included within; extraneous
- originating or acting from outside; external
Word Origin and History for extrinsically
1540s, from French extrinsèque, from Late Latin extrinsecus (adj.), from Latin extrinsecus (adv.) "outwardly," from exter "outside" + in, suffix of locality, + secus "beside, alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see sequel).
- Of or relating to an organ or structure, especially a muscle, originating outside of the part where it is found or upon which it acts; adventitious.