Definition of outwardly in English:



  • 1[often as submodifier] On the surface.

    ‘an outwardly normal life’
    [sentence adverb] ‘outwardly she seemed no different’
    • ‘As a head Stubbs was charismatic and outwardly eccentric, making it policy to shake every child's hand and say something nice about them.’
    • ‘Invariably they are well-dressed, intelligent and from outwardly stable and normal households.’
    • ‘I'm a very bad loser, but try not to outwardly show it.’
    • ‘I met these outback guys who seemed so rough and tumble outwardly, but underneath they were really gentle blokes.’
    • ‘As ever in the heated culture wars, the remarks are coded to send an encouraging signal to conservatives, but remain outwardly vague for others.’
    • ‘It is hard for most people to realize that a wild sheep that looks outwardly calm may be a bundle of anxieties inside.’
    • ‘America remains outwardly confident about finally mustering the numbers, but in the end it will make little difference.’
    • ‘Even people who outwardly appeared confident and successful often feel lacking in joy and real direction in their lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although he was outwardly respectable, he was known to have underworld connections and to have used a notorious thug in his shadier dealings.’
    • ‘Teenagers may be outwardly showing rebellion, but there's a narrowness of thought even in this.’
    • ‘The trauma of their past has scarred them deeply, leading to nightmares and neuroses, even though outwardly they are fully functioning adults.’
    • ‘I'm having problems maintaining my outwardly normal composure as it is.’
    • ‘For the moment, however, the companies who have splashed out on the latest technology seem outwardly happy with their purchases.’
    • ‘Some of the places are owned by outwardly religious people.’
    • ‘This time around, the election campaign has been more outwardly peaceful.’
    • ‘And those were very special moments for me, because it was so unlike him to be sensitive outwardly.’
    • ‘Even when her delicious caramel squares lasted only a day or so, she was outwardly shocked, but inwardly flattered.’
    • ‘He was calm outwardly; inside, as he said later, he was combusting.’
    externally, on the outside, on the surface, superficially, on the face of it, at first glance, at first sight, from all appearances, to all appearances, to the casual eye, to the casual observer, as far as one can judge, as far as one can see, as far as one can tell, to all intents and purposes, apparently, ostensibly, seemingly, evidently
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    1. 1.1On or from the outside.
      ‘outwardly featureless modern offices’
      [sentence adverb] ‘outwardly it's not a bad-looking car’
      • ‘The Mack reminds us of how much has changed, outwardly, in modern African America.’