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exemplary

[ig-zem-pluh-ree, eg-zuh m-pler-ee] /ɪgˈzɛm plə ri, ˈɛg zəmˌplɛr i/
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, relating to, or composed of exempla, or examples or models:
the exemplary literature of the medieval period.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. laudable, noteworthy, praiseworthy.
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exemplary

/ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪ/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
exemplarily, adverb
exemplariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-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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