European Community.


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Definition for ec (2 of 4)


variant of ex-3 before a consonant: eccentric.

Definition for ec (3 of 4)


for the sake of example.

Origin of e.c.

From the Latin word exemplī causā

Definition for ec (4 of 4)


Engineering Corps.
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Example sentences from the Web for ec

British Dictionary definitions for ec (1 of 3)


the internet domain name for


British Dictionary definitions for ec (2 of 3)


abbreviation for

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

British Dictionary definitions for ec (3 of 3)


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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Medical definitions for ec



Out; outside of:eclabium.
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