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ex-

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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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previous, past, sometime, old, once, early, preceding, earlier, late, prior, recent, departed, erstwhile, retiring, last, departing, latter, ancient, bygone, over

Nearby words

ex rights, ex silentio, ex store, ex voto, ex works, ex-, ex-directory, ex-im, ex-president, ex-service, ex-serviceman
Also e-1, ef-.

Origin of ex-

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

Definition for ex- (2 of 3)

ex-

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variant of exo-.

Definition for ex- (3 of 3)

ex-

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

Origin of ex-

3
< Gk combining form of ex, ek, out (of), from, beyond; see ec-, ex-1
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British Dictionary definitions for ex- (1 of 2)

ex-

1

prefix

out of; outside of; fromexclosure; exurbia
formerex-wife

Word Origin for ex-

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

British Dictionary definitions for ex- (2 of 2)

ex-

2

combining form

a variant of exo- exergonic
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Word Origin and History for ex-

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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Medicine definitions for ex-

ex-


pref.

Outside; out of; away from:excementosis.
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