[ek-struh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh-]
- Also extraversion. Psychology.
- the act of directing one's interest outward or to things outside the self.
- the state of being concerned primarily with things outside the self, with the external environment rather than with one's own thoughts and feelings.Compare introversion(def 3).
- Pathology. a turning inside out, as of the eyelids or of the bladder.
Origin of extroversion
1650–60; 1915–20 for def 1; extro- + Latin versiōn- (stem of versiō) a turning
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- psychol the directing of one's interest outwards, esp towards social contacts
- pathol a turning inside out of an organ or part
C17: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for extrovertive
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- A turning inside out, as of an organ or part.
- Interest in one's environment or in others as opposed to or to the exclusion of oneself.
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