Definitions for ex-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. without; not including:

    ex dividend.

    Category: Business

  2. free of charges to the purchaser until removed from a specified place:

    ex warehouse.

    Category: Business

Origin of ex:

1835–45; < L. See ex -1


  1. the letter

    X, x.


  1. Informal.a former spouse; ex-wife or ex-husband.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of ex:

1820–30; by shortening


  1. a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, meaning “out, out of, away, forth” (egregious; exclude; exhale; exit; export; extract), used also to signify that the action of a base verb has been carried to a conclusive point (effect; effete; erase; exaggerate; excite; exhaust), esp. in causative formations (evacuate; effeminate; exhilarate; expurgate) or privative formations, including adjectives (emasculate; enervate; exonerate; exsanguine).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Also, before consonants other than c, f, p, q, s,and tin Latin words, e-, 6 ef-.

  2. a prefix meaning “former,”“formerly having been”:

    ex-member; ex-wife.

    Category: Affix

Origin of ex-:

< L, prefixal use of ex, ē (prep.) out (of), from, beyond; (def. 2 ) < LL, as in exconsul, based on L ex in the sense “from being, having formerly held (an office)”


  1. exarch.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: var. of exo- before a vowel:


  1. a prefix similar in meaning to ex-1, occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek: exegesis.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Also, before a consonant, ec-. 1

Origin of ex-:

< Gk, prefixal use of ex, ek, out (of), from, beyond; cf. ex -1


  1. Exodus.

    Category: Bible


  1. examination.

  2. examined.

  3. example.

  4. except.

  5. exception.

  6. exchange.

  7. excursion.

  8. executed.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ex-(prefix)ˌɛvəlˈuʃənˌɛri


    the ex-secretary of Education; my ex-boyfriend


  1. ex-(Prefix)

    out of

    extract, expel, except, expression, etc.

  2. ex-(Prefix)



  3. Origin: From from words borrowed from ; from ex-, from eǵ-. Cognate with ἐξ, ex-, ess-, изу, из.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ex-

    a prefix from the latin preposition, ex, akin to Gr. 'ex or 'ek signifying out of, out, proceeding from. Hence, in composition, it signifies out of, as, in exhale, exclude; off, from, or out. as in exscind; beyond, as, in excess, exceed, excel; and sometimes has a privative sense of without, as in exalbuminuos, exsanguinous. In some words, it intensifies the meaning; in others, it has little affect on the signification. It becomes ef- before f, as in effuse. The form e- occurs instead of ex- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v, as in ebullient, emanate, enormous, etc. In words from the French it often appears as es-, sometimes as s- or e-; as, escape, scape, elite. Ex-, prefixed to names implying office, station, condition, denotes that the person formerly held the office, or is out of the office or condition now; as, ex-president, ex-governor, ex-mayor, ex-convict. The Greek form 'ex becomes ex in English, as in exarch; 'ek becomes ec, as in eccentric


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