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ex1

[eks]
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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.
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Origin of ex1

1835–45; < L. See ex-1

ex2

[eks]
noun
  1. the letter X, x.
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ex3

[eks]
noun Informal.
  1. a former spouse or a former partner in a long-term romantic relationship; ex-wife, ex-husband, or ex-lover.
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Origin of ex3

First recorded in 1820–30; by shortening

ex4

[eks]
adjective Slang.
  1. excellent(def 1).
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Origin of ex4

by shortening

ex.

ex-1

  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.
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Also e-1, ef-.

Origin of ex-1

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

ex-2

  1. variant of exo-.
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ex-3

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

Origin of ex-3

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

Ex.

  1. Exodus.
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Examples from the Web for ex

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The ex Governor's warmth had been somewhat cooled by the unexpected interruption.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • If this is not the system of the party, they have none, and act ‘ex tempore.’

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler

  • The priest was ex officio, but Captain Dwyer was a gentleman, born and bred.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • Ex parte: on one side; an ex parte statement is a statement on one side only.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • The traditions on the subject are unsupported, ex parte, and legendary.


British Dictionary definitions for ex

ex1

preposition
  1. finance not participating in; excluding; withoutex bonus; ex dividend; ex rights
  2. commerce without charge to the buyer until removed fromex quay; ex ship; ex works
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin: out of, from

ex2

noun
  1. informal (a person's) former wife, husband, etc
  2. Canadian short for examination
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ex-1

prefix
  1. out of; outside of; fromexclosure; exurbia
  2. formerex-wife
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Word Origin

from Latin, from ex (prep), identical in meaning and origin with Greek ex, ek; see ec-

ex-2

combining form
  1. a variant of exo- exergonic
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Ex.

abbreviation for
  1. Exodus
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Word Origin and History for ex

n.

1827, originally short for ex-Catholic; ultimately from Latin ex (see ex-). Since 1929 as abbreviation for ex-wife, ex-husband, etc. Also used in some commercial senses for "from, out of."

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ex-

word-forming element, in English meaning mainly "out of, from," but also "upwards, completely, deprive of, without," and "former;" from Latin ex "out of, from within," from PIE *eghs "out" (cf. Gaulish ex-, Old Irish ess-, Old Church Slavonic izu, Russian iz). In some cases also from Greek cognate ex, ek. PIE *eghs had comparative form *eks-tero and superlative *eks-t(e)r-emo-.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ex in Medicine

ex-

pref.
  1. Outside; out of; away from:excementosis.
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