outwardly

adverb out·ward·ly \ ˈau̇t-wərd-lē \

Definition of outwardly

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

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First Known Use of outwardly

14th century


OUTWARDLY Defined for English Language Learners

outwardly

adverb

Definition of outwardly for English Language Learners

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


OUTWARDLY Defined for Kids

outwardly

adverb out·ward·ly \ ˈau̇t-wərd-lē \

Definition of outwardly for Students

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

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