- 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 extrinsic
All seamlessly addressed—not as extrinsic concerns but as inevitable elements of the larger story.‘Broadchurch’ Is Great TV for Fans of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Prime Suspect’
August 7, 2013
Extrinsic motivation is about external rewards—money, position, recognition.Can Iron Man Save the Economy?
June 15, 2010
As in other minerals, value has both its intrinsic and extrinsic elements.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
I've neither fortune, nor fame, nor extrinsic advantages of any kind.The Portrait of a Lady
It brings in the extrinsic consideration of social consequences.Distributive Justice
John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
There are some extrinsic facts which hitherto unknown should be noted.The Mystery of the Pinckney Draught
Charles C. Nott
Nor has it any solid support from tradition or extrinsic authority.
- not contained or included within; extraneous
- originating or acting from outside; external
Word Origin and History for extrinsic
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.