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[ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuh m-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
late Middle English
1400-50 for earlier sense “model, exemplar”; 1580-90 for def 1; late Middle English (noun) < Latin exemplāris. See exemplum, -ary
Related forms
exemplarily, adverb
exemplariness, exemplarity [eg-zuh m-plar-i-tee] /ˌɛg zəmˈplær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA), noun
nonexemplary, adjective
unexemplary, adjective
1. laudable, noteworthy, praiseworthy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exemplary
  • 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.
  • The last two essays in the book, on Hemingway's relationship with fame and his suicide, are a sad coda to an exemplary selection.
  • His personal discipline was exemplary.
  • The prime minister leads a life of exemplary simplicity.
  • His character was special and exemplary in the dog-eat-dog world of politics.
  • However, he grew doubly austere, and his life had never been more exemplary.
  • He will be exemplary this season on and off the field.
British Dictionary definitions for exemplary


fit for imitation; model: an exemplary performance
serving as a warning; admonitory: an exemplary jail sentence
representative; typical: an action exemplary of his conduct
Derived Forms
exemplarily, adverb
exemplariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for exemplary

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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