from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates.
- adj. Comprehensible to or suited to the public; popular.
- adj. Of or relating to the outside; external.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Suitable to be imparted to the public without secrecy or other reserves
- adj. Accessible; capable of being readily or fully comprehended; or, having an obvious application
- adj. Public or popular; having wide currency
- adj. External
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. External; public; suitable to be imparted to the public; hence, capable of being readily or fully comprehended; -- opposed to
esoteric, or secret.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- External; open; suitable for or communicated to the general public; popular: originally applied to the public teachings of Aristotle and other ancient philosophers, and sometimes used in a more special sense as opposed to fancied or real esoteric doctrines, See esoteric.
- Pertaining to the outside; holding an external relation; publicly instructed.
- In embryology, ectoblastic. See extract under esoteric.
- n. One admitted only to exoteric instruction; one of the uninitiated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. suitable for the general public
Latin exōtericus, external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō, comparative of exō, outside; see exo-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exōtericus, from Ancient Greek ἐξωτερικός (eksōterikos, "external"), adjectival form of ἐξώτερος (eksōteros, "outside"). (Wiktionary)