Word of the Week: intrinsic (ĭn-TRĬN-zĭk)


(Adjective) Belonging to the thing in itself, or by its very nature; inherent, essential, proper; “of its own.”

In Context

“In the environmental sphere, debate hinges on whether elements of nature – trees, animals, rivers – have intrinsic value which transcends human interests, or whether our motivation for caring for them should spring from the many ways that they are valuable for us.”

Charles R. Warren, Managing Scotland’s Environment, 2002.