European Community.


variant of ex-3 before a consonant: eccentric.


for the sake of example.

Origin of e.c.

From the Latin word exemplī causā


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Examples from the Web for ec

Contemporary Examples of ec

  • The part between the end of the 401 and the EC Row expressway is already in the process of being re-graded and expanded.

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    In Defense of Private Bridges

    Noah Kristula-Green

    June 23, 2012

  • With our daughter, who is almost two-and-a-half, we did EC, elimination communication.

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    A Gifted Man’s Leading Lady

    Jace Lacob

    September 23, 2011

Historical Examples of ec

British Dictionary definitions for ec


the internet domain name for



abbreviation for

European Community (now subsumed within the European Union)
(in London postal code) East Central
Ecuador (international car registration)


combining form

out from; away fromecbolic; eccentric; ecdysis

Word Origin for ec-

from Greek ek (before a vowel ex) out of, away from; see ex- 1
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Word Origin and History for ec


typical form in English of Latin ex-, Greek ex-, ek- before consonants. See ex-.

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Medicine definitions for ec



Out; outside of:eclabium.
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