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1. Of, located on, or moving toward the outside or exterior; outer.
2. Relating to the physical self: a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections.
3. Purely external; superficial: outward composure.
adv. also out·wards (-wərdz)
Toward the outside; away from a central point.

[Middle English, from Old English ūtweard : ūt, out; see out + -weard, -ward.]

out′ward·ness n.
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Noun1.outwardness - concern with outward things or material objects as opposed to the mind and spirit; "what is the origin of the outwardness of our sensations of sound, smell, or taste"; "an abstract conception with feelings of reality and spatial outwardness attached to it"
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
inwardness - preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values; "the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming inwardness"; "inwardness is what an Englishman quite simply has, painlessly, as a birthright"
2.outwardness - the quality or state of being outside or directed toward or relating to the outside or exterior; "the outwardness of the world"
worldliness - concern with worldly affairs to the neglect of spiritual needs; "he disliked the worldliness of many bishops around him"
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
inwardness - the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the inwardness of the body's organs"
3.outwardness - a concern with or responsiveness to outward things (especially material objects as opposed to ideal concepts); "hearty showmanship and all-round outwardness"
extraversion, extroversion - (psychology) an extroverted disposition; concern with what is outside the self
internality, inwardness - preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
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