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 Though outwardly, the three leaders painted a portrait of harmony last session, Abbott and Bonnen were more closely aligned and advanced their issues over Patrick’s, who is more aligned with the far-right of his party. James Barragán, Dallas News, "5 things to watch in Texas politics in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Roberta famously remained outwardly stoic when her son became a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam, according to the Washington Post. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Gone but not forgotten: 12 trailblazing women we lost in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 In other words, the NBPA won’t tolerate any owner that shows any outwardly racist behavior, like former Clippers owner Donald Sterling did. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "'Their work will continue': NBA players prioritizing social justice initiatives over symbolic protests next season," 30 Oct. 2020 In her books, Ms. Lurie skewered outwardly utopian campus life and seemingly orderly marriages. Phoebe Connelly, Washington Post, "Alison Lurie, Pulitzer-winning novelist of mordant wit and boundless empathy, dies at 94," 4 Dec. 2020 As the most outwardly visible tissue of the body, the skin provides a window into why people heal more slowly with age, but all tissues can be injured and are susceptible to the effects of aging. Matthew Steinhauser, The Conversation, "Why do older people heal more slowly?," 24 Nov. 2020 Yet key authorities remain outwardly sanguine, claiming the increase to be either temporary or a statistical blip. David Biller And Mauricio Savarese, Star Tribune, "Brazil has surge of virus cases, downplayed by politicians," 20 Nov. 2020 Jordan has long been outwardly supportive of Trump, putting him in a handful of Republicans who have become loyalists to the president, despite more independent GOP lawmakers straying from Trump's unconventional presidency. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Jordan's power in GOP closely tied to support for Trump," 21 Oct. 2020 In the meantime, much as with a soiled handkerchief, the mask should be strategically gathered so as not to outwardly expose any fluids, then loosely placed on top of a purse or into a pocket. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: My lovely wife seems irritated now that we’re together constantly," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outwardly

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

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“Outwardly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwardly. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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