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[ig-zam-puh l, -zahm-] /ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-/
one of a number of things, or a part of something, taken to show the character of the whole:
This painting is an example of his early work.
a pattern or model, as of something to be imitated or avoided:
to set a good example.
an instance serving for illustration; specimen:
The case histories gave carefully detailed examples of this disease.
an instance illustrating a rule or method, as a mathematical problem proposed for solution.
an instance, especially of punishment, serving as a warning to others:
Public executions were meant to be examples to the populace.
a precedent; parallel case:
an action without example.
verb (used with object), exampled, exampling.
Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).
Origin of example
1350-1400; Middle English exa(u)mple < Middle French example < Latin exemplum, akin to eximere to take out (ex- ex-1 + emere to buy, orig. take); replacing Middle English exemple < Latin, as above
Synonym Study
1. Example, sample, specimen refer to an individual phenomenon taken as representative of a type, or to a part representative of the whole. Example is used of an object, condition, etc., that is assumed to illustrate a certain principle or standard: a good example of baroque architecture. Sample refers to a small portion of a substance or to a single representative of a group or type that is intended to show what the rest of the substance or the group is like: a sample of yarn. Specimen usually suggests that the “sample” chosen is intended to serve a scientific or technical purpose: a blood specimen; zoological specimens. 2. See ideal. 3. See case1. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for exampled
Historical Examples
  • At length the two men found themselves alone, and their understanding of each other was exampled by the prompt inquiry of Parker.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • In this young wood of Taahauku, all these hues and combinations were exampled and repeated by the score.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • When I exampled polygamy, Hill became passionate, and asked if I was an abolitionist.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Dicky, already zealous at work as exampled in rush bag-making, listened with wistful pride.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • The doings of the Black Prince might, also be exampled as inducing the study of the geography of northern France.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Here again the curious submissive nature of the woman was exampled.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • In this young wood of Taahauku all these hues and combinations were exampled and repeated by the score.

British Dictionary definitions for exampled


a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample
a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; pattern: you must set an example to the younger children
a precedent, illustration of a principle, or model: an example in a maths book
a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warning: the headmaster made an example of him
for example, as an illustration; for instance
(transitive; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin exemplum pattern, from eximere to take out, from ex-1 + emere to purchase
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Word Origin and History for exampled



late 14c., partial re-Latinization of earlier essample, asaumple (mid-13c.), from Old French essemple "sample, model, example, precedent, cautionary tale," from Latin exemplum "a sample," literally "that which is taken out," from eximere "take out, remove" (see exempt (adj.)). Oldest English senses are of "behavior" and "punishment."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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