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a. One who is excluded from or does not belong to a group, association, or set.
b. One who is isolated or detached from the activities or concerns of his or her own community.
2. A contestant given little chance of winning; a long shot.

out·si′der·ness n.
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the state of being an outsider
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She travels back to the past, where she traces the roots of her outsiderness and her rather instinctual avoidance of imposed ideologies.
But while the firm's attorneys are marked by their outsiderness in the elite world of corporate law -- whether because of hypernerdiness (Louis Litt, played by Rick Hoffman), class (Harvey), gender (Samantha), or race (Alex and Zane) -- the show distinguishes itself with its relentless yet mostly unremarked upon commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The exchange may leave unaddressed the sources of the sympathy for extremism that will be in the minds of some members of the audience, and may add to the perverse romance of vilification, the "allure of the bad object" as psychoanalysis has called it (Armstrong-Perlman, 1994), and the sense of heroic outsiderness, which are among the drivers of "radicalization."
Jews' inclusive participation in culture, underscored by a sense of outsiderness, was predicated on their understanding the power of choosing to make their Jewishness visible or invisible.
Yet, I suspect that when they explained the stigma of their spaces, my "outsiderness" shaped their words.
However, it is important to note that assumptions about insiderness and outsiderness are foundationalist and essentialist and any common ground and difference are to a large extent perceived.
"I'm so anxious," he said of his reclusiveness, sounding as if he genuinely does not realize that he isn't the first 20-year-old to wear his social anxiety as a cloak of cool-kid outsiderness.
Billy's outsiderness is initially defined by his refusal to identify with the functional roles prevalent within the community.
The outsiderness started when I got beat up for killing Christ in Timmins [in Ontario, where Gehry lived during his adolescent years].
In Ulysses, the alternative connection between strangers is enabled in the crowded modern metropolis by relative anonymity, manifest in outsiderness: cultural, for Bloom, and intellectual for Stephen.