external

If, as a kid, you didn’t get what you wanted on your birthday, you were probably told that external, or outward, things can’t bring happiness. (It’s a noble idea, but it’s still up for debate, at least in some circles.)

External contains the prefix ex- meaning “out of.” It shares this prefix with a number of other words including extraterrestrial (meaning “outside of Earth’s limits") and exclude (meaning “keep someone out”). The opposite of external is internal; again, as you’ve probably been told, it’s the internal things that really matter. What we’re wondering is: Does that include the leather interior in our dream convertible?

Primary Meanings of external

1.
adjn
happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface
outward features
2.
adj
from or between other countries
Full Definitions of external
1

adj happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface

“the external auditory canal”
external pressures”
Synonyms:
outer
being on or toward the outside of the body
outside
originating or belonging beyond some bounds:"the outside world"
outside
relating to or being on or near the outer side or limit
Antonyms:
internal
happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface
inner
inside or closer to the inside of the body
interior
inside and toward a center
internecine
(of conflict) within a group or organization
intrinsic
situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts
inside
relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space
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adj coming from the outside

Synonyms:
extraneous, outside
extrinsic
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

adj purely outward or superficial

external composure”
“"an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.”
Synonyms:
outward
relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

n outward features

“he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion”
Type of:
characteristic, feature
a prominent attribute or aspect of something
2

adj from or between other countries

external commerce”
Synonyms:
international, outside
foreign
of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)

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