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  1. as regards appearance or outward manifestation: outwardly charming; outwardly considerate.
  2. on the outside or outer surface; externally: Outwardly, the fruit was rough to the touch.
  3. toward the outside: The pier stretched outwardly from the shore.
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Origin of outwardly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at outward, -ly
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  • It was a strange meal for all four of them, yet outwardly pleasant enough.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Outwardly he maintained consistently a pose of impassive gullibility.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He became, I repeat, outwardly glorious from inward communion with his Father.

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

  • It befitted the day, a day outwardly so quiescent, yet in which so much was going on.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Outwardly he disavowed that idea, but in the depths of his soul he considered it to be true.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for outwardly


  1. in outward appearance
  2. with reference to the outside or outer surface; externally
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