ex

1 [eks]
preposition
1.
Finance. without, not including, or without the right to have: ex interest; ex rights.
2.
Commerce. free of charges to the purchaser until the time of removal from a specified place or thing: ex ship; ex warehouse; ex elevator.
3.
(in U.S. colleges and universities) from, but not graduated with, the class of: ex '47.

Origin:
1835–45; < L. See ex-1

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ex

2 [eks]
noun
the letter X, x.

ex

3 [eks]
noun Informal.
a former spouse or a former partner in a long-term romantic relationship; ex-wife, ex-husband, or ex-lover.

Origin:
1820–30; by shortening

ex

4 [eks]
adjective Slang.
excellent ( def 1 ).

Origin:
by shortening

ex-

1
a prefix meaning “out of,” “from,” and hence “utterly,” “thoroughly,” and sometimes meaning “not” or “without” or indicating a former title, status, etc.; freely used as an English formative: exstipulate; exterritorial; ex-president (former president); ex-member; ex-wife .
Also, e-1, ef-.


Origin:
< Latin, combining form of ex, ē (preposition) out (of), from, beyond

ex-

2
variant of exo-.

ex-

3
a prefix identical in meaning with ex- 1, occurring before vowels in words of Greek origin: exarch; exegesis .
Also, ec-.


Origin:
< Gk combining form of ex, ek, out (of), from, beyond; see ec-, ex-1

Ex.

ex.

2.
examined.
8.
executed.
11.
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ex1 (ɛks)
 
prep
1.  finance not participating in; excluding; without: ex bonus; ex dividend; ex rights
2.  commerce without charge to the buyer until removed from: ex quay; ex ship; ex works
 
[C19: from Latin: out of, from]

ex2 (ɛks)
 
n
1.  informal (a person's) former wife, husband, etc
2.  (Canadian) short for exhibition

Ex.
 
abbreviation for
Exodus

ex-1
 
prefix
1.  out of; outside of; from: exclosure; exurbia
2.  former: ex-wife
 
[from Latin, from ex (prep), identical in meaning and origin with Greek ex, ek; see ec-]

ex-2
 
combining form
a variant of exo- : exergonic

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Word Origin & History

ex-
prefix, in Eng. meaning mainly "out of, from," but also "upwards, completely, deprive of, without," and "former;" from L. ex "out of," from PIE *eghs "out" (cf. Gaul. ex-, O.Ir. ess-, O.C.S. izu, Rus. iz). In some cases also from Gk. cognate ex, ek. It has stood on its own since 1929 as abbreviation
for ex-wife, ex-husband, etc.
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ex- pref.
Outside; out of; away from: excementosis.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Ex
Exodus
ex.
  1. examination

  2. example

  3. except

  4. exception

  5. exchange

  6. executive

  7. exercise

  8. express

  9. extra

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