- belonging to a thing by its very nature: the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
- Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.
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Examples from the Web for intrinsically
The issue has opened a divide between Iranian political and religious leaders in a country where they are intrinsically tied.Egypt’s Fatwa Against Tinder: Clerics Ban Online Chatting
September 3, 2014
Not all art is easily placed in a museum; some pieces are intrinsically linked to the location in which they were created.Destination Art Worth the Trip
November 15, 2013
Two families, intrinsically woven together by both good and evil.Meet America’s Indiana Jones: Andrew Carroll Searches for Forgotten History Across the U.S.
May 14, 2013
The advent of language is intrinsically linked to memory, and many early languages were simply mnemonic devices.Is the Internet Making Us Forgetful? Michael S. Malone’s ‘The Guardian of All Things’
August 25, 2012
The result of all of this was the erasure of outstanding world records by performances that were intrinsically inferior.Why Ban Full-Body Olympics Swimsuits? A Scientist Explains Polyurethane
John D. Barrow
July 25, 2012
Nevertheless Lincoln will be credited for what intrinsically is not his.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
It is true, again, that Pope's reasoning is intrinsically feeble.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
All this, surely, was intrinsically right, wrong only in its direction.The English Spy
It was as bare as a prison cell, which intrinsically it was.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
They differ widely in vesture; yet look at them intrinsically.
- of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
- anatomy situated within or peculiar to a partintrinsic muscles
Word Origin and History for intrinsically
late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from Middle French intrinsèque "inner" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intrinsecus "interior, internal," from Latin intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" (see intra-) + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see sequel). Meaning "belonging to the nature of a thing" is from 1640s. Related: Intrinsicly.
- Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.
- Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.