out·ward·ly | \ˈau̇t-wərd-lē \

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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The organization is at least outwardly encouraged by his returns at third base. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle," 10 July 2018 Trump was relentless in his attacks on Flake -- and the incumbent's numbers collapsed, forcing him to choose an uphill primary fight against candidates more outwardly loyal to Trump or retirement. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Tuesday's results show the dangers of crossing Donald Trump," 13 June 2018 June cries to Serena, who doesn’t outwardly seem affected, calmly dismissing this as yet another of Eden’s sins. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Although his dullish voice-overs attempt to establish him as a deep thinker and observer, Moss outwardly comes off as anything but: surly, cocky, needy, slackerish, immature. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: Southern drama 'Moss' underwhelms, but it has great views," 5 July 2018 A few weeks ago, Democrats were outwardly nervous about whether economic growth and high-profile (if incomplete) peace talks with North Korea were blunting their momentum for the fall. David Weigel, Washington Post, "What Republicans just can’t seem to get away from," 22 June 2018 In an extremely rare public flare-up in the outwardly genteel world of major symphony orchestras, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has pulled out of the entire run of four concerts he was scheduled to conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Vivien Schweitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Gennady Rozhdestvensky, 87, prolific conductor," 18 June 2018 The outwardly unflappable Tavares this week continued to decline discussing his contract status before what could be his final home game as an Islander. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "As Islanders Season Ends, John Tavares Ponders a Tough Call," 5 Apr. 2018 And Castellanos has spoken outwardly about his desire to stay in Detroit. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers should be aggressive this trade deadline season," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of outwardly

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

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The first known use of outwardly was in the 14th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of outwardly

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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