Pronunciation: (eks),[key] —prep. 1. Finance.without, not including, or without the right to have: ex interest; ex rights. 2. Com.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.
a prefix meaning “out of,” “from,” and hence “utterly,” “thoroughly,” and sometimes imparting a privative or negative force or indicating a former title, status, etc.; freely used as an English formative: exstipulate; exterritorial; ex-president (former president); ex-member; ex-wife.Also,e-,ef-.
var. of exo-.
a prefix identical in meaning with ex- 1, occurring before vowels in words of Greek origin: exarch; exegesis.Also,ec-.