[ ek-struh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh- ]
/ ˌɛk strəˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən, ˈɛk strəˌvɜr-, -stroʊ- /
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
Related formsex·tro·ver·sive, ex·tro·ver·tive, adjectiveex·tro·ver·sive·ly, ex·tro·ver·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for extroversive
/ (ˌɛkstrəˈvɜːʃən) /
psychol the directing of one's interest outwards, esp towards social contacts
pathol a turning inside out of an organ or part
Derived Formsextroversive or extraversive, adjectiveextroversively or extraversively, adverb
Word Origin for extroversion
C17: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn
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Medicine definitions for extroversive
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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