|1.||a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample|
|2.||a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; pattern: you must set an example to the younger children|
|3.||a precedent, illustration of a principle, or model: an example in a maths book|
|4.||a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warning: the headmaster made an example of him|
|5.||for example as an illustration; for instance|
|6.||(tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify|
|[C14: from Old French, from Latin exemplum pattern, from eximere to take out, from |
of Christ (1 Pet. 2:21; John 13:15); of pastors to their flocks (Phil. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Pet. 5:3); of the Jews as a warning (Heb. 4:11); of the prophets as suffering affliction (James 5:10).