[ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuh m-pler-ee]
- 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 exempla, or examples or models: the exemplary literature of the medieval period.
Origin of exemplary
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1. laudable, noteworthy, praiseworthy.
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- fit for imitation; modelan exemplary performance
- serving as a warning; admonitoryan exemplary jail sentence
- representative; typicalan action exemplary of his conduct
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Word Origin and History for exemplarity
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper