Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to the very nature of a thing or person; inherent.

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Usage examples "intrinsic":

  1. The interest of the events above described lies, not in their intrinsic importance, but in the signal proof which they afford of Buonaparte's wondrous endowments of mind and will. - "The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)", John Holland Rose.
  2. In solitary meditation, in self- examination, and in prayer, we shall learn the intrinsic claims which Faith and Duty have upon reason and conscience. - "Humanity in the City", E. H. Chapin.
  3. As it will, however, clearly appear that no commodity can possess fixed and intrinsic value, so as to qualify it for a measure of the value of other commodities, mankind are induced to select, as a practical measure of value, that which appears the least liable to any of these four sources of variations, which are the sole causes of alteration of value. - "On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation", David Ricardo.