a. relating to essential nature of a thing; inherent; built-in
Although my grandmother's china has little intrinsic value, I shall always cherish it for the memories it evokes.
Sentence in Classic:
As regards commonwealths, this return to the point of departure is brought about either by extrinsic accident or by intrinsic foresight.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
The elevation of level which they contribute to civilization is intrinsic with them; it proceeds from themselves and not from an accident.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
An acre of land, that bears here twenty bushels of wheat, and another in America, which, with the same husbandry, would do the like, are, without doubt, of the same natural intrinsic value: but yet the benefit mankind receives from the one in a year, is worth 5l.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke Context
And he measured ten double handfuls of pearls, diamonds, and other gems, many of which, mounted by the most famous workmen, were valuable beyond their intrinsic worth.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
At that epoch of pristine simplicity, however, matters of even slighter public interest, and of far less intrinsic weight than the welfare of Hester and her child, were strangely mixed up with the deliberations of legislators and acts of state.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Context