One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of goods) sold direct from.‘carpet tiles offered at a special price, ex stock’
- 1.1North American (of goods) without charges to the purchaser until removed from.‘ex warehouse’
- 1.1North American (of goods) without charges to the purchaser until removed from.
2Not including.‘the cost is £5,000 ex VAT’
Mid 19th century (in ex (sense 2)): from Latin, ‘out of’.
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