in·​trin·​si·​cal·​ly in-ˈtrin-zi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce intrinsically (audio)
: in an intrinsic manner : by natural character : in itself
an intrinsically difficult language
intrinsically evil/valuable
The media do not have to go along with the pretense that there is something intrinsically virtuous about a movement with no leaders.David Carr
While etymologies of such terms are intrinsically interesting, they can also serve one of the aims of critical pedagogies …Jennifer Beech
Environmentalists have tended to treat big buildings as intrinsically wasteful, because large amounts of energy are expended in their construction, and because the buildings place intensely localized stresses on sewers, power lines, and water systems.David Owen

Examples of intrinsically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psychologists have found that attitudes towards money are intrinsically linked not just to our economic experience, but to our ancestors’. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023 That said, the tipping point for wise investments in automation will become intrinsically linked to the accessibility of new AI tools. Manoj Chaudhary, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Life is intrinsically connected, Aquarius, and many of you will start to see that more than ever before in February. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2023 No new technique is intrinsically dubious and each is a potential boon to artists, but, at the time, the hasty and ballyhooed deployment reeked of brazen commercialism. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Led by progressive doctors, left-wing academics and health activists, social medicine – which sees health as being intrinsically tied to socio-economic factors – has sought to build robust health systems as part of a strong social safety net. Eric D. Carter, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2023 These six areas feel intrinsically tied to whiteness. Elizabeth Gulino,, 26 Sep. 2023 Advertisement And the beach really is our public square — to be able to access this landscape, to enjoy it, this is so intrinsically part of our identity as Californians. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 These helped control the intrinsically random collisions of DNA molecules. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intrinsically was in 1583

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“Intrinsically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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