Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Outside; superficial.

Part of speech: noun

An exterior part; an outward form or symbol, as of religion.

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Usage examples "external":

  1. His having been born in a hen- house was a mere external accident in his eyes; and in the same light he regarded the fact that Victoria was born in a palace. - "Isaac T. Hopper", L. Maria Child.
  2. That I probably wore some of the external evidences of death my instinct told me,- I knew I did. - "The Beetle A Mystery", Richard Marsh.
  3. So that, however true it may be that, in consequence of this right of resistance, supreme government will be liable, of right, to some external checks, arising out of the law of nature, to which they would otherwise not be liable, yet it cannot properly be said to expose them to rebellion. - "Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York", A. F. Warburton.