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[out-werd-lee] /ˈaʊt wərd li/
as regards appearance or outward manifestation:
outwardly charming; outwardly considerate.
on the outside or outer surface; externally:
Outwardly, the fruit was rough to the touch.
toward the outside:
The pier stretched outwardly from the shore.
Origin of outwardly
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at outward, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Carlyle had regained his calmness, outwardly, at any rate.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In general my walk (at least outwardly) has been pretty even.

    William Black John Maclean
  • She had recovered her temper, at least outwardly, for she thought it would be more politic to keep the peace.

    Averil Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Paul says, "He is not a Jew which is one outwardly but he is a Jew which is one inwardly."

  • They had, I think, a genius for turning to account the little things of life and making the most of them, outwardly at all events.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
British Dictionary definitions for outwardly


in outward appearance
with reference to the outside or outer surface; externally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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