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  1. in or on, or with reference to, the inside or inner part; internally.
  2. privately; secretly: Inwardly, he disliked his guest.
  3. within the self; mentally or spiritually: Look inwardly to discover the truth.
  4. in low or soft tones; not aloud.
  5. toward the inside, interior, or center.
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Origin of inwardly

before 1000; Middle English inwardli, Old English inweardlīce. See inward, -ly
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inside, basically, fundamentally, internally, naturally, privately, secretly, within

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British Dictionary definitions for inwardly


  1. within the private thoughts or feelings; secretlyinwardly troubled, he kept smiling
  2. not aloudto laugh inwardly
  3. with reference to the inside or inner part; internally
  4. archaic intimately; essentiallythe most inwardly concerned of the plotters
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Word Origin and History for inwardly


Old English inweardlice; see inward + -ly (2).

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