[ ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuhm-pler-ee ]
/ ɪgˈzɛm plə ri, ˈɛg zəmˌplɛr i /


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

1400–50 for earlier sense “model, exemplar”; 1580–90 for def 1; late Middle English (noun) < Latin exemplāris. See exemplum, -ary

SYNONYMS FOR exemplary


ex·em·pla·ri·ly, adverbex·em·pla·ri·ness, ex·em·plar·i·ty [eg-zuhm-plar-i-tee] /ˌɛg zəmˈplær ɪ ti/, nounnon·ex·em·pla·ry, adjectiveun·ex·em·pla·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exemplarity

/ (ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪ) /


fit for imitation; modelan exemplary performance
serving as a warning; admonitoryan exemplary jail sentence
representative; typicalan action exemplary of his conduct

Derived forms of exemplary

exemplarily, adverbexemplariness, noun
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