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outwardly

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adverb out·ward·ly \ˈau̇t-wərd-lē\

Simple Definition of outwardly

  • : on the outside : in a way that can be seen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outwardly

  1. 1 a :  on the outside :  externally b :  toward the outside

  2. 2 :  in outward state, behavior, or appearance <was outwardly friendly>

Examples of outwardly in a sentence

  1. The two brothers may be outwardly similar, but their personalities couldn't be more different.

  2. Though extremely nervous, she was able to remain outwardly calm during the interview.

  3. Outwardly, their marriage seemed quite normal.



14th Century

First Known Use of outwardly

14th century


OUTWARDLY Defined for Kids

outwardly

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adverb out·ward·ly \ˈau̇t-wərd-lē\

Definition of outwardly for Students

  1. :  on the outside :  in outward appearance <Though nervous, he remained outwardly calm.>





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