out·​ward·​ly | \ ˈau̇t-wərd-lē How to pronounce outwardly (audio) \

Definition of outwardly

1a : on the outside : externally
b : toward the outside
2 : in outward state, behavior, or appearance was outwardly friendly

Examples of outwardly in a Sentence

The two brothers may be outwardly similar, but their personalities couldn't be more different. Though extremely nervous, she was able to remain outwardly calm during the interview. Outwardly, their marriage seemed quite normal.
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Recent Examples on the Web The previous night, at Alice Tully Hall, White Light presented a more outwardly conventional event: the baritone Christian Gerhaher and the pianist Gerold Huber performing songs by Gustav Mahler. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Sorrowful Songs at the White Light Festival," 11 Nov. 2019 Yes, outwardly the pianist András Schiff appears to be the quintessence of Central European charm and gentility. BostonGlobe.com, "With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 Goff also appears more outwardly comfortable in a team leadership role. Gary Kleinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ Jared Goff looks to earn new paycheck starting Sunday," 7 Sep. 2019 But despite the outwardly sleek online operation, Bessrochka’s offline tactics are more haphazard. Washington Post, "Russian protesters aided by digital tools, self-organizing," 6 Sep. 2019 Although there are few species in nature more outwardly confident than the EDM artist, many of them began making music in the same state of anxiety and confusion as everybody else. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Your guide to the shimmy at North Coast Music Festival," 27 Aug. 2019 Under Boyd’s taut direction, the production amps up the mortal stakes as Queen Gertrude embarks on a quite dangerous affair with Claudius, the swashbuckling brother of her outwardly bland but ruthless husband, King Amleth (Douglas Rees). Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Gertrude and Claudius’ casts a different light on ‘Hamlet’ at Barrington Stage," 31 July 2019 And there remains little panic – at least outwardly – among MSU’s players. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's offense must show progress or risk losing fans — and a few games," 1 Sep. 2019 Manchester United outwardly refused to sell Pogba, even more so after the early Premier League deadline prevented them from signing a replacement. SI.com, "Report Claims Real Madrid & Barcelona Were 'Never Serious' About Signing Paul Pogba & Neymar," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of outwardly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Nov 2019

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“Outwardly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwardly. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of outwardly

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


out·​ward·​ly | \ ˈau̇t-wərd-lē How to pronounce outwardly (audio) \

Kids Definition of outwardly

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

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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