regular expression not matching begining of string

Posted on 2014-10-15
Last Modified: 2014-10-15
Need a regular expression pattern that does not match the beginning of a string.  For example:

abc123      = no match
1abcdi98r = match
deg0abc    = match
.abc            = match
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by:Joshua Grantom
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Are you trying to find abc anywhere that is not at the beginning of a string?

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Here is a more complete picture.  I am trying to find "(" that is not at the beginning of the string and does not have a -, +, /, *,  or ( directly in-front of it.  I do apologize for my original question being so far off the mark.
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by:Joshua Grantom
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can you give us an example of a full string to go with that?
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Thanks, I am assuming that \)[^-+/*)] would work similarly for the end of a string.  Is that correct?

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