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exoteric (adj) – 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.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Exoteric, the opposite of esoteric, comes from Latin ex?tericus ?popular (e.g., of books); not overly technical or abstruse,? a borrowing of Greek ex?terik?s ?external, outside, popular.? The first element of the Greek word is the adverb ?x? ?out, out of, outside?; the last element, -ik?s, is a typical adjective suffix. The middle element, -ter-, is usually called a comparative suffix, which is only one of its functions. The suffix -ter is also used in Latin and Greek to form natural or complementary pairs, e.g., Latin n?ster ?our? and vester ?your,? and dexter ?right (hand)? and sinister ?left (hand).? The Latin adjectives correspond with Greek h?m?teros ?our? and hym?teros ?your,? and dexiter?s ?right (hand)? and arister?s ?left (hand).? Arister?s is a euphemism meaning ?better (hand)? (?ristos means ?best? in Greek, as in aristocracy ?rule of the best?). Exoteric entered English in the 17th century.

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