ex·​te·​ri·​or·​i·​ty (ˌ)ek-ˌstir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce exteriority (audio)
: the quality or state of being exterior or exteriorized : externality

Examples of exteriority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Levinas, any answer to the question of Being lies in exteriority. Theodore McDarrah, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Or the writers could give Lexi more interiority and less exteriority. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2023 Horror films scare us through exteriority: Image and sound come together to create the illusion of danger. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Photos, which are often poised and polished, have a sense of exteriority to them; they are meant to be shown and shared. Clio Chang, New York Times, 6 July 2021 The evidence of the eventfulness of that life — its exteriority — is extensive, to say the least. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exteriority was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Exteriority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exteriority. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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