Exoteric refers to knowledge that is outside, and independent from, a person’s experience and can be ascertained by anyone (related to common sense). The word is derived from the comparative form of Greek ἔξω eksô, “from, out of, outside”. It signifies anything which is public, without limits, or universal. It is distinguished from internal esoteric knowledge. “Exoteric” relates to external reality as opposed to a person’s thoughts or feelings. It is knowledge that is public as opposed to secret or cabalistic. It is not required that exoteric knowledge come easily or automatically, but it should be referenceable or reproducible.
Suitable to be imparted to the public without secrecy or other reserves
Accessible; capable of being readily or fully comprehended; or, having an obvious application
Public or popular; having wide currency
Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an enlightened inner circle.
“The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I’d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!”
Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
“an esoteric purpose”
“an esoteric meeting”
An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.