✅ Inherent is the best word to describe an inborn and permanent quality of something or someone (She had an inherent happiness).
✅ Intrinsic is the best word to describe a quality held internally, by virtue of a person or a thing’s nature, that can’t be affected by outside forces (the intrinsic value of gold).
✅ Inherent and intrinsic have a lot of overlap in meaning. Both describe characteristics or qualities that can’t be taken away without changing the fundamental nature of something (The value inherent in everyone; the intrinsic beauty of the landscape).
✅ However, inherent emphasizes that a characteristic is present from the beginning (All the financial plans had inherent problems), whereas intrinsic emphasizes that a characteristic can’t be altered by anything external (We all have intrinsic worth).
Try using intrinsic in a paragraph describing what you value!