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English definition of “outward”

outward

adjective [not gradable] (SEEMING)   /ˈɑʊt·wərd/
relating to how people, situations, or things seem to be, rather than how they are inside: There were no outward signs that she was injured. outwardly    /ˈɑʊt·wərd·li/ adverb [not gradable] Outwardly, he seemed confident, but he was full of doubt.
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