Extrinsic
Extrinsic 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}. [1913 Webster]

The extrinsic aids of education and of artificial culture. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) Attached partly to an organ or limb and partly to some other part; -- said of certain groups of muscles. Opposed to {intrinsic}. [1913 Webster]


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  • extrinsic — 1540s, from Fr. extrinsèque, from L.L. extrinsecus (adj.), from L. extrinsecus (adv.) “outwardly,” from exter “outside” + in, suffix of locality, + secus “beside, alongside, originally following (related to sequi to follow; see SEQUEL… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • extrinsic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not essential or inherent. DERIVATIVES extrinsically adverb. ORIGIN Latin extrinsecus outward …   English terms dictionary

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  • extrinsic — adjective Etymology: French & Late Latin; French extrinsèque, from Late Latin extrinsecus, from Latin, adverb, from without; akin to Latin exter outward and to Latin sequi to follow more at exterior, sue Date: 1613 1. a. not forming part of or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • extrinsic — extrinsically, adv. /ik strin sik, zik/, adj. 1. not essential or inherent; not a basic part or quality; extraneous: facts that are extrinsic to the matter under discussion. 2. being outside a thing; outward or external; operating or coming from… …   Universalium

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