suitable for or communicated to the general public.
not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.
popular; simple; commonplace.
pertaining to the outside; exterior; external.

Origin of exoteric

1645–55; < Late Latin exōtericus external < Greek exōterikós, equivalent to exṓter(os) inclined outward (exō- exo- + -teros comparative suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related formsex·o·ter·i·cal·ly, adverbex·o·ter·i·cism, noun
Can be confusedesoteric exoteric
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intelligible to or intended for more than a select or initiated minorityan exoteric account of a philosophical doctrine
external; exterior
Derived Formsexoterically, adverbexotericism, noun

Word Origin for exoteric

C17: from Latin exōtericus external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō further outside; see exo-
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Word Origin and History for exoteric

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

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exoteric in Medicine




Arising outside the organism; of external origin.
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