exemplary

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. exegetics,
  2. exemia,
  3. exempla,
  4. exemplar,
  5. exemplarism,
  6. exemplary damages,
  7. exempli causa,
  8. exempli gratia,
  9. exemplification,
  10. exemplificative

Origin of exemplary

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

Related formsex·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 exemplary

exemplary

/ (ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪ) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for exemplary

exemplary

adj.

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."

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