Etymology
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e.g.

1680s, abbreviation of Latin exempli gratia "for the sake of example;" from genitive of exemplum "example" (see example) + ablative of gratia "sake, favor, grace" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gwere- (2) "to favor").

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Definitions of e.g.

e.g. (adv.)
as an example;
Synonyms: for example / for instance
From wordnet.princeton.edu