Definition of outwardly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtwədli/


[often as submodifier]
1On the surface: an outwardly normal life [sentence adverb]: outwardly she seemed no different
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  • Invariably they are well-dressed, intelligent and from outwardly stable and normal households.
  • I'm having problems maintaining my outwardly normal composure as it is.
  • Those of you who use the term, even in jest, need to think about this: a lot of people will pretend something is funny, or outwardly put up with it without comment.
externally, on the outside, on the surface, superficially, on the face of it, at first sight/glance, to/from all appearances, to the casual eye/observer, as far as one can see/tell/judge, to all intents and purposes, apparently, ostensibly, seemingly, evidently
1.1On or from the outside: outwardly featureless modern offices [sentence adverb]: outwardly it’s not a bad-looking car
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  • The Mack reminds us of how much has changed, outwardly, in modern African America.

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