exemplary

[ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuhm-pler-ee]
adjective
1.
worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary conduct.
2.
serving as a warning: an exemplary penalty.
3.
serving as an illustration or specimen; illustrative; typical: The sentences read are exemplary of the style of the essay as a whole.
4.
serving as a model or pattern: The authoritative and exemplary text of the work is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
5.
of, pertaining to, or composed of exempla: the exemplary literature of the medieval period.

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

exemplarily, adverb
exemplariness, exemplarity, noun
nonexemplary, adjective
unexemplary, adjective


1. laudable, noteworthy, praiseworthy.
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exemplary (ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪ)
 
adj
1.  fit for imitation; model: an exemplary performance
2.  serving as a warning; admonitory: an exemplary jail sentence
3.  representative; typical: an action exemplary of his conduct
 
ex'emplarily
 
adv
 
ex'emplariness
 
n

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exemplary
1580s (exemplar is attested from late 14c.), from M.Fr. exemplaire, from L. exemplaris "that serves as an example," from exemplum "example."
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Example sentences
Their moral tone was high, their thrift and diligence exemplary; they made and
  mined and banked and became rich.
Before the end of the century, however, the performance of many of these
  companies had become distinctly less exemplary.
For its wealth of personal detail, this is an exemplary contribution to
  understanding the Japan that was and is.
The overriding goal is to help students become exemplary global citizens.
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