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exoteric

[ek-suh-ter-ik] /ˌɛk səˈtɛr ɪk/
adjective
1.
suitable for or communicated to the general public.
2.
not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.
3.
popular; simple; commonplace.
4.
pertaining to the outside; exterior; external.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Late Latin exōtericus external < Greek exōterikós, equivalent to exṓter(os) inclined outward (exō- exo- + -teros comparative suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
exoterically, adverb
exotericism, noun
Can be confused
esoteric, exoteric.
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British Dictionary definitions for exoteric

exoteric

/ˌɛksəʊˈtɛrɪk/
adjective
1.
intelligible to or intended for more than a select or initiated minority: an exoteric account of a philosophical doctrine
2.
external; exterior
Derived Forms
exoterically, adverb
exotericism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin exōtericus external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō further outside; see exo-
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Word Origin and History for exoteric
adj.

1650s, from Late Latin exotericus, from Greek exoterikos, from exotero, comparative of exo (see exo-).

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exoteric in Medicine

exoteric ex·o·ter·ic (ěk'sə-těr'ĭk)
adj.
Arising outside the organism; of external origin.

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