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outwardly

[out-werd-lee] /ˈaʊt wərd li/
adverb
1.
as regards appearance or outward manifestation:
outwardly charming; outwardly considerate.
2.
on the outside or outer surface; externally:
Outwardly, the fruit was rough to the touch.
3.
toward the outside:
The pier stretched outwardly from the shore.
Origin of outwardly
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at outward, -ly
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  • It was a strange meal for all four of them, yet outwardly pleasant enough.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • outwardly he maintained consistently a pose of impassive gullibility.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He became, I repeat, outwardly glorious from inward communion with his Father.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • It befitted the day, a day outwardly so quiescent, yet in which so much was going on.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • outwardly he disavowed that idea, but in the depths of his soul he considered it to be true.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for outwardly

outwardly

/ˈaʊtwədlɪ/
adverb
1.
in outward appearance
2.
with reference to the outside or outer surface; externally
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