extrinsic [ek strin′sik, eks trin′zik; ik strin′sik, ikstrin′zik]
[Fr extrinseque < L extrinsecus, from without, outer < exter, without + secus, following, otherwise < base of sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT]
1. not really belonging to the thing with which it is connected; not inherent
2. being, coming, or acting from the outside; extraneous: Opposed to INTRINSIC
SYN.- EXTRINSIC refers to that which, coming from outside a thing, is not inherent in its real nature [the extrinsic advantages of wealth ]; EXTRANEOUS, often synonymous with EXTRINSIC, may connote the possibility of integration of the external object into the thing to which it is added [extraneous grace notes ]; FOREIGN implies that the external object is organically so different that it cannot become assimilated [a foreign substance in the blood ]; ALIEN emphasizes the incompatibility of the external object with the subject in question [“nothing human is alien to me” ] -ANT. INTRINSIC

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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