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  1. for example; for the sake of example; such as.
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Origin of e.g.

From the Latin word exemplī grātiā
Can be confusede.g. i.e.
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British Dictionary definitions for e.g.


eg. or eg

abbreviation for
  1. exempli gratia
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Word Origin for e.g.

Latin: for example
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Word Origin and History for e.g.

abbreviation of Latin exemplia gratia "for the sake of example."

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e.g. in Culture


An abbreviation meaning “for example.” It is short for the Latin exempli gratia, “for the sake of example.” A list of examples may be preceded by e.g.: “She loved exotic fruit, e.g., mangoes, passion fruit, and papayas.” (Compare i.e.)

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