[ uhth-er-di-rek-tid, -dahy- ]
/ ˈʌð ər dɪˈrɛk tɪd, -daɪ- /


guided by a set of values that is derived from current trends or outward influences rather than from within oneself.

Origin of other-directed

First recorded in 1945–50

OTHER WORDS FROM other-directed

oth·er-di·rect·ed·ness, nounoth·er-di·rec·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for other-directed



guided by values derived from external influencesCompare inner-directed
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Medical definitions for other-directed

[ ŭð′ər-dĭ-rĕktĭd, -dī- ]


Directed or guided chiefly by external standards as opposed to one's own standards or values.
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