- Finance. without, not including, or without the right to have: ex interest; ex rights.
- Commerce. free of charges to the purchaser until the time of removal from a specified place or thing: ex ship; ex warehouse; ex elevator.
- (in U.S. colleges and universities) from, but not graduated with, the class of: ex '47.
Origin of ex1
- the letter X, x.
- a former spouse or a former partner in a long-term romantic relationship; ex-wife, ex-husband, or ex-lover.
Origin of ex3
Origin of ex4
- 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.
Origin of ex-1
- variant of exo-.
- a prefix identical in meaning with ex- 1, occurring before vowels in words of Greek origin: exarch; exegesis.
Origin of ex-3
Related Wordsprevious, past, sometime, old, once, early, preceding, earlier, late, prior, recent, departed, erstwhile, retiring, last, departing, latter, ancient, bygone, over
Examples from the Web for ex
According to Hennadi Moskal of the Ukrainian police, Girkin is an ex warrant officer in the GRU.The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops
May 22, 2014
It was potentially an awesome sum, 50 percent of which would go to his ex.The Climax of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
May 14, 2014
NRA defends the constitutional right to something similar, ex post facto.P.J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?
P. J. O’Rourke
April 12, 2014
The one where he yelled at his ex, Vienna, until she cried.Juan Pablo Has Ruined ‘The Bachelor’
February 11, 2014
Rebound sex can also be a great opportunity to make up for what someone lacked when they were with their ex.People Who Have Had Rebound Sex Tell Us Why It Is Awesome
January 31, 2014
The ex Governor's warmth had been somewhat cooled by the unexpected interruption.The Manxman
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.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
- finance not participating in; excluding; withoutex bonus; ex dividend; ex rights
- commerce without charge to the buyer until removed fromex quay; ex ship; ex works
- informal (a person's) former wife, husband, etc
- Canadian short for examination
- out of; outside of; fromexclosure; exurbia
- a variant of exo- exergonic
Word Origin and History for ex
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."
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-.
- Outside; out of; away from:excementosis.