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exemplary (adj.)

1580s, "fit to be an example," from French exemplaire, from Late Latin exemplaris "that serves as an example, pattern, or motto," from exemplum "example, pattern, model" (see example). Earlier (early 15c.) as a noun meaning "a model of conduct," from Late Latin exemplarium.

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of exemplary from WordNet

exemplary (adj.)
serving to warn;
an exemplary jail sentence
exemplary (adj.)
worthy of imitation;
exemplary behavior
Synonyms: model
exemplary (adj.)
being or serving as an illustration of a type;
an action exemplary of his conduct
Synonyms: emblematic / typic
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