[en-sam-puh l]

noun Archaic.

Origin of ensample

1200–50; Middle English < Old French, variant (en- en-1 replacing es-) of essample < Old French < Latin exemplum example
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an archaic word for example
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Word Origin and History for ensample

"precedent," c.1300, variant of asaumple, from Old French essample "example" (see example). The survival of this variant form is due to its use in New Testament in KJV.

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