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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But the most important right-wing voice on Pruitt -- Trump himself -- continues to outwardly express support for his embattled environmental enforcer. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: 'He’s the head of the EPA, not the Sultan of Brunei.' Conservative group runs ad calling for Pruitt to go," 13 June 2018 China-North Korea relations appear to have outwardly improved following Kim’s March visit to Beijing — his first trip abroad since taking power six years ago. Washington Post, "China urges North Korea not to cancel Trump summit," 16 May 2018 For an outwardly gruff guy who has made a career of not smiling on-screen, even Brolin has to break into a grin while speaking at Los Angeles' Four Seasons Hotel. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Sicario' star Josh Brolin is smiling over his killer summer, even with superhero deaths," 26 June 2018 In Tony’s case, however, that often meant persuading them to risk their lives doing something outwardly ridiculous. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Offbeat Genius of a Great American Spy," 26 Jan. 2019 After all, these are the the guys that, outwardly at least, most closely resemble Brock Turner. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "The Stanford Rape Case Proves That Sexual Assault Is Not Just a Woman's Issue," 10 June 2016 Achieving this shift while outwardly still looking and feeling like the same royal family is where the magic happens. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Will Pass the Torch to Prince Charles and the Rest of the Royal Family in 2019," 5 Jan. 2019 These are moments of high drama that require real detective work, while most of the story that Leader has to tell is outwardly undramatic. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Watching the Lights Go Out," 8 Nov. 2018 Danielle, a genderfluid person, first began to outwardly identify as genderfluid at 22 years old. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What Trying to Access Health Care is Like for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of outwardly

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

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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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