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[[CE]] or ''''C.E.'''' is an abbreviation for "Common Era".  
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The '''Common Era''' ('''CE'''), sometimes known as the '''Current Era''' or as the '''[[Christian]] Era''', is the period of measured time beginning with the [[year 1]] (the traditional birthdate of [[Jesus]]) to the present. The time before this is correspondingly known as '''Before the Common Era''' or '''Before the Christian Era''' ('''BCE''').
  
Used with ''''[[BCE]]''''(''''B.C.E''''), this notation is commonly used as a religion-neutral substitute for the BC/AD date notation.
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The notations ''CE'' and ''BCE'' are alternatives for the previously popular ''AD'' ("[[Anno Domini]]", Latin for "in the year of the Lord") and ''BC'' ("Before [[Christ]]"), respectively. They may also be written '''C.E.''' and '''B.C.E.'''
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The Common Era (CE), sometimes known as the Current Era or as the Christian Era, is the period of measured time beginning with the year 1 (the traditional birthdate of Jesus) to the present. The time before this is correspondingly known as Before the Common Era or Before the Christian Era (BCE).

The notations CE and BCE are alternatives for the previously popular AD ("Anno Domini", Latin for "in the year of the Lord") and BC ("Before Christ"), respectively. They may also be written C.E. and B.C.E.

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