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ex-con Syllabification: ex-con
Pronunciation: /ˈˌeks ˈkän/

Definition of ex-con in English:


An ex-convict; a former inmate of a prison.
Example sentences
  • But the available data offer little proof that ex-cons who are monitored by parole officers are less likely to commit a fresh crime than those who are not.
  • Recidivism - the rate at which ex-cons return to prison within three years of their release - has decreased by about 16 percent during the 1990s.
  • In other words, rather than returning to their communities anonymously, ex-cons will come back under a watchful eye.


Early 20th century: abbreviation.

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