1. Not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates.
2. Comprehensible to or suited to the public; popular.
3. Of or relating to the outside; external.
[Latin exōtericus, external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō, comparative of exō, outside; see EXO-.]
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