from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary behavior.
  • adj. Serving as a model.
  • adj. Serving as an illustration; typical.
  • adj. Serving as a warning; admonitory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Deserving honour, respect and admiration.
  • adj. Of such high quality that it should serve as an example and sought to be imitated.
  • adj. Ideal or perfect.
  • n. An example, or typical instance; an exemplar
  • n. A copy of a book or writing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving as a pattern; deserving to be proposed for imitation; commendable
  • adj. Serving as a warning; monitory.
  • adj. Illustrating as the proof of a thing.
  • n. An exemplar; also, a copy of a book or writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving for a pattern or model for imitation; worthy of imitation.
  • Such as may serve for a warning to others; such as may deter from wrong-doing: as, exemplary punishment.
  • Serving as an example, whether good or bad; attracting imitation; influential.
  • Exemplifying; serving as an illustration.
  • n. An exemplar; a specimen; a copy, as of a book or writing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to warn
  • adj. being or serving as an illustration of a type
  • adj. worthy of imitation


From Middle English exaumplarie, exemplere, an exemplar; see exemplar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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