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Extrinsic vs Outer - What's the difference?

extrinsic | outer |

As adjectives the difference between extrinsic and outer

is that extrinsic is external, separable from the thing itself, inessential while outer is outside; external.

As a noun outer is

an outer part or outer can be someone who admits to something publicly.



(Intrinsic and extrinsic properties)

Alternative forms

* extrinsick (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • external, separable from the thing itself, inessential
  • not belonging to, outside of
  • Antonyms

    * intrinsic * inherent

    Derived terms

    * extrinsic reward



    Etymology 1

    Comparative of out by analogy with inner.


  • Outside; external.
  • Farther from the centre of the inside.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
    * inner


    (en noun)
  • An outer part.
  • *
  • The part of a target which is beyond the circles surrounding the bullseye.
  • A shot which strikes the outer of a target.
  • (wholesale trade) the smallest single unit normally sold to retailers, usually equal to one retail display box.
  • We ordered two cartons with twelve outers in each.

    Derived terms

    * outer space * outerness

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • Someone who admits to something publicly.
  • Someone who outs another.
  • One who puts out, ousts, or expels.
  • An ouster; dispossession.
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