[ ek-suh-ter-ik ]
/ ˌɛk səˈtɛr ɪk /


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 forms

ex·o·ter·i·cal·ly, adverbex·o·ter·i·cism, noun

Can be confused

esoteric exoteric
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British Dictionary definitions for exoteric


/ (ˌɛksəʊˈtɛrɪk) /


intelligible to or intended for more than a select or initiated minorityan exoteric account of a philosophical doctrine
external; exterior

Derived Forms

exoterically, adverbexotericism, noun

Word Origin for exoteric

C17: from Latin exōtericus external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō further outside; see exo-
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Medicine definitions for exoteric


[ ĕk′sə-tĕrĭk ]


Arising outside the organism; of external origin.
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