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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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Though purely theoretical at the time of conception, Calvino's (1988) idea envisioned his pedagogy as reconciling the real and the fantastic, the difficult and the ordinary, through writing: "All 'realities' and 'fantasies' can take on form only by means of writing, in which outwardness and innerness, the world and I, experience and fantasy, appear composed of the same verbal material" (p.
Mir Valiuddin maintains that when, The Sufi who is conversant with the Knowledge of Nearness knows the secret of the relation between Haqq and Khalq, God and the phenomenal things, the secret of nearness and proximity, immanence and transcendence, Firstness and Lastness, Outwardness and Inwardness of God with the phenomenal things."7