from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One's own example or precedent.
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Unlike many doctrinists, he practised his own rules: he was a self-example of his own precepts, and his book was the rule of his own life; or, as Walton more beautifully explains it "his behaviour towards God and man may be said to be a practical comment on the holy rules set down in that useful book."
The free and fearless Indian was particularly difficult to subdue; but steady, determined perseverance, and bold measures, aided by a rigid self-example, made them as clay in his hand, and has finally reduced them to their present admirable condition.
Oh, I should have mentioned in my self-example: I still have that old code, dozens of other attack scripts I’ve written, and a library of thousands of various forms of malicious code.