adverb Also out·wards.
Examples from the Web for outward
But other groups are still, by all outward appearances, more entrenched.
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?
But from outward appearances, the tension between Bevin and Paul has also sparked friction between Paul and Benton.
Lukashenko retained the outward rituals of democracy—elections, trials, parliamentary debates.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.|Kapil Komireddi|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly the uneventfulness of her outward circumstances belies the intensity of her interior life.Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature|Malcolm Jones|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She received the news calmly enough to outward appearance, but a great tumult rose and died in her breast.
The wonder is that so many fierce antagonisms can be soothed even into an outward quiet.A New Atmosphere|Gail Hamilton
At first he rejoiced in then change, preferring his outward and open warfare to that aforetime stealthy enmity.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
But even in a society as materialistic as ours, the outward symbol is not everything.
For to all outward appearances he was taciturn, unimaginative, self-willed.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for outward
- the body as opposed to the soul
- facetious clothing
Word Origin and History for outward
Old English utweard "toward the outside, external" (of an enclosure, surface, etc.), earlier utanweard, from ute, utan "outside" (from ut; see out) + -weard (see -ward). Of persons, in reference to the external appearance (usually opposed to inner feelings), it is attested from c.1500. Also as an adverb in Old English (utaword). Outward-bound "directed on a course out from home port" is first recorded c.1600; with capital initials, it refers to a sea school founded in 1941. Related: Outwardly; outwardness.