Definition of


  1. (adj, all) serving to warn
    an exemplary jail sentence
  2. (adj, all) being or serving as an illustration of a type
    an action exemplary of his conduct
  3. (adj, all) worthy of imitation
    model citizens

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Alternate forms of Exemplary

Derivations: example, exemplar

Origin of the word Exemplary

  1. 1580s (exemplar is attested from late 14c.), from M.Fr. exemplaire, from L. exemplaris "that serves as an example," from exemplum "example." more

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Words that sound like Exemplary

eugenia uniflora, ex-gambler, exemplar

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