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English definition of “outward”

outward

adjective [before noun] (ON OUTSIDE)    /ˈaʊt.wəd/ US  /-wɚd/
relating to how people, situations, or things seem to be, rather than how they are inside: The outward appearance of the building has not changed at all in 200 years. If he is suffering, he certainly shows no outward sign of it. To all outward appearances everything was fine, but under the surface the marriage was very shaky. → Compare inward adjectiveSeeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending outwardly     /-li/ adverb Outwardly, he seemed happy enough.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending
(Definition of outward adjective (ON OUTSIDE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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