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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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  • 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


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