Ex (relationship)

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In social relationships, an ex (plural is exes) is someone with whom a person was once associated in a relationship or marriage. As a prefix, ex- can refer to a variety of different relationships; for example, one might refer to a music group's ex-guitarist, or someone's ex-friend.[1] When used alone, ex as a noun is assumed to refer to a former sexual or romantic partner, especially a former spouse. This often has a derogatory tinge, especially if it refers to unrequited feelings. [2]


  1. ^ "Ex-". Reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ex-". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012.