[ ik-steer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or- ]
/ ɪkˌstɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr- /
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noun, plural ex·te·ri·or·i·ties.

the state or fact of being exterior.
something exterior.



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Origin of exteriority

First recorded in 1605–15; exterior + -ity
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  • A second limitation is found inPg 238 the unvarying exteriority of his method of presenting human nature.

    Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
  • This feeling of exteriority of sound seems to require transmission through the membrana tympani.

  • Exteriority does not interest Poictevin, who is nevertheless a landscape painter; intimate and charming.

    Egoists|James Huneker
  • Hawthorne freely confesses to this constant exteriority, and appears to have been perfectly conscious of it.

    Hawthorne|Henry James, Junr.
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