to/by all (outward) appearances

idiom

Definition of to/by all (outward) appearances

: it seems : according to what other people see
  • He was, to/by all (outward) appearances, a happily married man.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

outward play
  1. : moving, directed, or turned toward the outside or away from a center

  2. : situated on the outside : exterior

  3. : of or relating to the body or to appearances rather than to the mind or the inner life

  1. : toward the outside

  2. : on the outside : externally

  1. : external form, appearance, or reality

appearance play appearances
  1. : external show : semblance

  2. : outward aspect : look

  3. : outward indication


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