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in·ter·nal  (n-tûrnl)
1. Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.
2. Residing in or dependent on essential nature; intrinsic: the internal contradictions of the theory.
3. Located, acting, or effective within the body.
4. Of or relating to mental or spiritual nature: An internal sense of righteousness dwindles into an external concern for reputation (A.R. Gurney, Jr.)
5. Of or relating to the domestic affairs of a nation, group, or business.

[Middle English internall, from Old French internel, from Medieval Latin internlis, from Latin internus, from inter, within; see en in Indo-European roots.]

inter·nali·ty (-nl-t) n.
in·ternal·ly adv.

internal  /ntrnl/  adj. 1 inside, within: His internal organs, including his heart and liver, are damaged from smoking and drinking. 2 related to an organizations or countrys own rules and interests: Some Presidents think more about internal affairs, such as unemployment and education, than about foreign policy. internal

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