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external

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adjective

noun

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RELATED WORDS

extraneous, foreign, independent, over, surface, alien, exterior, peripheral, out, apparent, outer, outermost, outward, superficial, visible, outmost

Nearby words

exterminative, exterminator, exterminatory, extermine, extern, external, external acoustic pore, external affairs, external auditory canal, external auditory foramen, external auditory meatus

Origin of external

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at extern, -al1
SYNONYMS FOR external
Related forms
Can be confusedextraneous external extrinsic internal intrinsic
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British Dictionary definitions for external

external

/ (ɪkˈstɜːnəl) /

adjective

noun

(often plural) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
Australian and NZ a student taking an extramural subject
Derived Formsexternally, adverb

Word Origin for external

C15: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out of
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Word Origin and History for external

external


adj.

early 15c. (implied in externalle), from Middle French externe or directly from Latin externus "outside, outward" (from exterus; see exterior) + -al (1). This version won out over exterial. Related: Externally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for external

external

[ ĭk-stûrnəl ]

adj.

Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.
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