How would the word "example" be abbreviated? I think "ex." is reserved for "exercise"; what about "expl."?

To be clear, I am asking about the word "example" specifically, not an abbreviation for the phrase "for example".

If I cite a book, let us call it BK, I would write [BK, Example 1]. But I do not want to write "Example" but an abbreviation of it.

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    It’s e.g. – Lawrence Aug 21 '18 at 10:45
  • But this is more 'for example' isn't it? I want to shorten 'Example 1'. – user114179 Aug 21 '18 at 10:50
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    Yes, that’s right. Please edit to clarify your question, such as by adding one or two sample sentences. – Lawrence Aug 21 '18 at 10:53
  • use the plural form followed by the list of examples Examples 1. blah, blah, 2. blah, blah, 3. blah, blah. You need to provide us with one or two sample sentences (the recent edit is not enough) if you want users to provide you with the best answers. – Mari-Lou A Aug 21 '18 at 10:58
  • Yes you are right, I edited my case. – user114179 Aug 21 '18 at 11:00

From Collins English Dictionary published in 1979:

ex. abbreviation for: 1-examination 2-examined 3-example 4-except(ed) 5-exception 6-exchange 7-excursion 8-executed 9-executive 10-express 11-extra

The context, therefore, in which you wish to use the abbreviation ex. (don't forget the dot!) is critical otherwise people may misunderstand what the abbreviation stands for.

Also, don't use the abbreviation Ex. because that comes from the Biblical abbreviation for the book of Exodus.

  • I'd say that 'Ex.' would be acceptable if the "Example" bit is so capitalized in the BK being cited. Context would continue to make it clear even in that case. – L. Scott Johnson Aug 21 '18 at 12:51

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