(noun, adjective)


1. belonging to a thing by its very nature

- form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing

Similar word(s): inalienable, unalienable, essential, constitutional, inbuilt, inherent, integral, inner, internal, intimate, intrinsical

2. situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts

- intrinsic muscles

Similar word(s): internal

Sentences with intrinsic as an adjective:

- the intrinsic value of gold or silver

- the intrinsic merit of an action


1. (computing, programming) A built-in function that is implemented directly by the compiler, without any intermediate call to a library.

2. (video games) An ability possessed by a character and not requiring any external equipment.

- You can acquire the fire-resistance intrinsic by eating dragon meat.