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The outlet is where the electric coming put that is why it is called outlet.

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Current flow out from the wall socket when you plug a cord into it. If you want this to be called an inlet and not an outlet, then it would need to be reversed. When you plugged the cord into the socket the current should flow into the outlet and not the other way around. Anytime something leaves the space it resides in it becomes a source and an outlet. Electricity is housed in the outlet and the only way to get it to flow is by a conductor such as your plug that trips the circuit and allows the electricity to flow freely. 
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I think the reason why it is called outlet because when you plug in the power cord to the outlet the electrical outlet will give power to the device or appliances. Just like a water outlet which water may come out to the hole. The synonyms are socket, power bar, receptacle, power source or power outlet.
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