Etymology
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external (adj.)

early 15c., "overt;" by 1590s as "situated or lying outside," from Latin externus "outside, outward" (from exterus; see exterior) + -al (1). This version won out over exterial. Related: Externally.

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Definitions of external
1
external (adj.)
from or between other countries;
external commerce
Synonyms: international / outside
external (adj.)
happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface;
external pressures
the external auditory canal
external (adj.)
coming from the outside;
Synonyms: extraneous / outside
external (adj.)
purely outward or superficial; "an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.;
external composure
2
external (n.)
outward features;
he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion
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