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External trade makes up almost half of the country’s economy.

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The exact meaning of external is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "external trade" — coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing
  • "the external walls" — forming or relating to an outside boundary
  • "external appearances" — on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete

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  • External trade makes up almost half of the country’s economy.
  • This medicine is for external use only.
  • The external walls of the building are made of concrete and are eight inches thick.
  • External appearances are good, but I don’t he real condition.

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  • 80% of the country’s debt is held externally.
  • Can she hold to her principles or will she give in to external pressure?
  • An external, certified audit is required each year.
  • The phone’s camera can be used with external lenses.
  • What do you do for external backup of your data in case the phone is lost?
  • Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • When there were no external records that you could refer to, even the outline of your own life lost its sharpness.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable what then?
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • — If they had swallow’d poison ’twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,— As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Be that you are, That is, a woman; if you be more, you’re none; If you be one,—as you are well express’d By all external warrants,—show it now By putting on the destin’d livery.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth, Unapt to toll and trouble in the world, But that our soft conditions and our hearts Should well agree with our external parts?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • It seems the minds of these people are so taken up with intense speculations, that they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction upon the organs of speech and hearing; for which reason, those persons who are able to afford it always keep a flapper (the original is climenole) in their family, as one of their domestics; nor ever walk abroad, or make visits, without him.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I cannot in any case agree with Keiss that my whole conception of the external world has been derived from perceptions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If I am reserved to wear a wig, I am at least prepared, externally,’ in allusion to his baldness, ’for that distinction.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Believing that the little gallery door alluded to was quite disused, he ascended the external flight of steps at the top of which it stood, and examined it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Such a suspicion made one pause—for out there there were no external checks.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Neither of them could do anything with a serious positive character: they could place a human figure before you with perfect verisimilitude; but when the moment came for making it live and move, they found, unless it made them laugh, that they had a puppet on their hands, and had to invent some artificial external stimulus to make it work.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The evening passed with external smoothness, though almost every mind was ruffled; and the music which Sir Thomas called for from his daughters helped to conceal the want of real harmony.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ’Me and my brother were then the victims of his feury since which we have suffered very much which leads us to the arrowing belief that we have received some injury in our insides, especially as no marks of violence are visible externally.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "It must be no client of Wakem’s," he said to himself; and yet at the end of a fortnight it turned out to the contrary; not because Mr. Tulliver’s will was feeble, but because external fact was stronger.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The sun might blaze overhead, the air be without a breath, the surface smooth and blue, but still these great rollers would be running along all the external coast, thundering and thundering by day and night; and I scarce believe there is one spot in the island where a man would be out of earshot of their noise.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Though I am very smooth externally, at bottom I am very passionate; and I assure you I can be very hard.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It was not even certain that they were vertebrates: their hard, external armour might well be their only supporting framework.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He only required of it those conveniences — dinner at home, housewife, and bed — which it could give him, and above all that propriety of external forms required by public opinion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Paul snapped the force button at his waist, felt the crinkled-skin tingling of the defensive field at his forehead and down his back, heard external sounds take on characteristic shield-filtered flatness.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Imperfect as it was, however, it conveyed an idea, or, at least, gave a hint, of indescribable grace, such as no practised art of external manners could have attained.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The external world seemed much farther away to him than it does to us.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Chapter XIV: How Lucy Faced the External Situation Bravely Of course Miss Bartlett accepted.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • While he was careful to avoid making a nuisance of his views, to adopt outside his realm an externally un-censoring manner, he enforced them within his family and among the employees at River Valley Farm.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Jude, in his light grey holiday-suit, was really proud of her companionship, not more for her external attractiveness than for her sympathetic words and ways.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "My lady," as her friends called her, sincerely desired to be a genuine lady, and was so at heart, but had yet to learn that money cannot buy refinement of nature, that rank does not always confer nobility, and that true breeding makes itself felt in spite of external drawbacks.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She would have liked to hear nothing, to see nothing, so as not to disturb the meditation on her love, that, do what she would, became lost in external sensations.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I had a sickly dread, too, of being ridiculous, and so had a slavish passion for the conventional in everything external.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • But know that in the soul Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief; among these Fancy next Her office holds; of all external things Which the five watchful senses represent, She forms imaginations, aery shapes, Which Reason, joining or disjoining, frames All what we affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private cell, when nature rests.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Certainly some external force had impinged, but the road had been used by too many objects for any one track to be legible, and the torch created such high lights and black shadows that they could not interpret what it revealed.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The new Vale of Tempe may be a gaunt waste in Thule; human souls may find themselves in closer and closer harmony with external things wearing a sombreness distasteful to our race when it was young.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • To obey like this, not to an external command, only to the voice, to be ready like this, this was good, this was necessary, nothing else was necessary.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Yes, there was a sort of refuge which always comes with the prostration of thought under an overpowering passion: it was that expectation of impossibilities, that belief in contradictory images, which is still distinct from madness, because it is capable of being dissipated by the external fact.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It seemed to her that in her external bearing she had succeeded only in deceiving Mrs. Shigemura; inwardly she knew her aspiration for worldly happiness was frighteningly irresistible.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The notes of the old music with its external dignity and sanctity had called to life all the exalted enchantment and enthusiasm of youth.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Ample source of a joy which the heart feels at first without being conscious of its cause, without understanding that it results from no external impulse!
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For this reason a prince ought to have two fears, one from within, on account of his subjects, the other from without, on account of external powers.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Something darker, external, other-worldly.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • That fair sufferer soon recovered herself externally; but she remained much depressed all the afternoon.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Andre Francois Villiers, militarist, spokesman for his cause, and the prime connection to Carlos, had no external security arrangements whatsoever.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
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