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  1. lying at a distance from the center or the main body; remote; out-of-the-way: outlying military posts.
  2. lying outside the boundary or limit.

Origin of outlying

First recorded in 1655–65; out- + lying2
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  1. distant or remote from the main body or centre, as of a town or region
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Word Origin and History for outlying

"outside certain limits," 1660s, from out + present participle of lie (v.2). Meaning "remote from the center" is first recorded 1680s.

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