As an abbreviation, this letter may stand for “Exchequer,” “English,” “Edward’ “Equity,” “East,” “Eastern,” “Easter,” or “Ecclesiastical.” A Latin preposition, meaning from, oat of, after, or according. It occurs in many Latin phrases; but (in this form) only before a consonant. When the initial of the following word is a vowel, ex is used. E contra From the opposite; on the contrary. E converso. Conversely. On the other hand; on the contrary. Equivalent to e contra mora gratia. Out of mere grace or favor. E pluribus unum. One out of many. The motto of the United States of America.