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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Exteriority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exteriority. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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