extroversion

[ek-struh-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh-]
noun
1.
Also, extraversion. Psychology.
a.
the act of directing one's interest outward or to things outside the self.
b.
the state of being concerned primarily with things outside the self, with the external environment rather than with one's own thoughts and feelings. Compare introversion ( def 3 ).
2.
Pathology. a turning inside out, as of the eyelids or of the bladder.

Origin:
1650–60; 1915–20 for def 1; extro- + Latin versiōn- (stem of versiō) a turning

extroversive, extrovertive, adjective
extroversively, extrovertively, adverb
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extroversion or extraversion (ˌɛkstrəˈvɜːʃən)
 
n
1.  psychol the directing of one's interest outwards, esp towards social contacts
2.  pathol a turning inside out of an organ or part
 
[C17: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn]
 
extraversion or extraversion
 
n
 
[C17: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn]
 
extro'versive or extraversion
 
adj
 
extra'versive or extraversion
 
adj
 
extro'versively or extraversion
 
adv
 
extra'versively or extraversion
 
adv

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extroversion
mid-17c., noun of action from extrovert (v.), from extro- + L. vertere (see versus).
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extroversion ex·tro·ver·sion or ex·tra·ver·sion (ěk'strə-vûr'zhən)
n.

  1. A turning inside out, as of an organ or a part.

  2. Interest in one's environment or in others as opposed to or to the exclusion of oneself.

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Example sentences
Asperger's: neuroticism, a lack of agreeableness, and a lack of extroversion.
But a similar experiment with tighter controls found support only for the traits of extroversion and conscientiousness.
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