Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Worthy of imitation; commendable.
  • adjective Serving as a model.
  • adjective Serving as an illustration; typical.
  • adjective Serving as a warning; admonitory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An exemplar; a specimen; a copy, as of a book or writing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete An exemplar; also, a copy of a book or writing.
  • adjective Serving as a pattern; deserving to be proposed for imitation; commendable
  • adjective Serving as a warning; monitory.
  • adjective Illustrating as the proof of a thing.
  • adjective (Law) See under Damage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English exaumplarie, exemplere, an exemplar; see exemplar.]

Examples

  • I thanked him for his kind discourse; and he thanked me for my attention, which he called exemplary: and so my dear master handed me into the chariot; and we were carried home, both happy, and both pleased, thank God.

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  • He's done that in exemplary fashion, garnering three 1,000-yard seasons.

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  • They also found that it would put down, in exemplary fashion much smaller, lighter game, and do it at amazing distances.

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  • Indeed, Japanese people have always behaved in exemplary fashion after earthquakes.

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