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[ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuh m-pler-ee] /ɪgˈzɛm plə ri, ˈɛg zəmˌplɛr i/

worthy of imitation; commendable:
exemplary conduct.
serving as a warning:
an exemplary penalty.
serving as an illustration or specimen; illustrative; typical:
The sentences read are exemplary of the style of the essay as a whole.
serving as a model or pattern:
The authoritative and exemplary text of the work is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
of, relating to, or composed of , or examples or models:
the exemplary literature of the medieval period.
fit for imitation; model: an exemplary performance
serving as a warning; admonitory: an exemplary jail sentence
representative; typical: an action exemplary of his conduct

1580s, “fit to be an example,” from Middle French exemplaire, from Latin exemplaris “that serves as an example,” from exemplum “example” (see example). Earlier (early 15c.) as a noun meaning “a model of conduct.”


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