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December being the tenth month under the old style calendar used until 1752 and and decem meaning ten in latin, is the roman numeral for ten, thus the abbreviation.

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  1. (obsolete) Abbreviation of Xember.
    • 1890, London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archæological Society:
      Southampton House, 12th Xemb., 1662. To Sir Ralph Freeman, Knt., and H. Slingsby, Esq., Master and Worker of his Majties Mint wth in the Tower of London ...
    • 1897, The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va., from 1653 to 1812:
      Mr John Batcheldor Departed this Life 4th Xemb & was Buried at home the 7th Xemb 1685.
    • 1998, Rosemary Corley Neal, Tidewater to Texas: The Scurlocks and Their Wives:
      The record of his marriage in the Register of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., reads as follows: "Nicholas Payne of London & Mary Hackney Native Marryed 17th Xemb [Dec] 1687."

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