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Meaning of EXTRINSIC

Pronunciation:  ik'strinsik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside; "extrinsic evidence"; "an extrinsic feature of the new building"; "that style is something extrinsic to the subject"; "looking for extrinsic aid"

EXTRINSIC is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: accidental, adscititious, adventitious, alien, external, extraneous, foreign, outside
 Antonyms: intrinsic, intrinsical
 See Also: inessential, unessential



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*trin"sic\, a. [L. extrinsecus; exter on the
outside + secus otherwise, beside; akin to E. second: cf. F.
extrins[`e]que. See {Exterior}, {Second}.]
1. Not contained in or belonging to a body; external;
   outward; unessential; -- opposed to intrinsic.

         The extrinsic aids of education and of artificial
         culture.                              --I. Taylor.

2. (Anat.) Attached partly to an organ or limb and partly to
   some other part? -- said of certain groups of muscles.
   Opposed to intrinsic.

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