- 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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Examples from the Web for exemplarily
The fevers, “little less than plagues,” that were common in that age carry them off exemplarily by families at a time.Essays
How could you brook to go backward, instead of forward, in those duties which you now so exemplarily perform?Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)
To his equals he was condescending; to his inferiors, kind; and to the dear object of his affections, exemplarily tender.Eighth Reader
She immediately took the letter to her husband, and begged him to order the bearer of it to be exemplarily whipped.Pretty Michal
The king also assured them that, if Holmes had committed any unjust action, he and his officers should be exemplarily punished.
- fit for imitation; modelan exemplary performance
- serving as a warning; admonitoryan exemplary jail sentence
- representative; typicalan action exemplary of his conduct
Word Origin and History for exemplarily
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."