- 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.
- Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).
Origin of example
Examples from the Web for exampled
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
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
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
- 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; patternyou must set an example to the younger children
- a precedent, illustration of a principle, or modelan example in a maths book
- a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warningthe headmaster made an example of him
- for example as an illustration; for instance
- (tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify
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."