exemplary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French exemplaire, from Latin exemplaris, from exemplum.

Adjective[edit]

exemplary (comparative more exemplary, superlative most exemplary)

  1. Deserving honour, respect and admiration.
  2. Of such high quality that it should serve as an example to be imitated.
    • Francis Bacon
      [Bishops'] lives and doctrines ought to be exemplary.
  3. Ideal or perfect.
  4. Serving as a warning; monitory.
    as, exemplary justice, punishment, or damages

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Noun[edit]

exemplary (plural exemplaries)

  1. (obsolete) An example, or typical instance; an exemplar
  2. (obsolete) A copy of a book or writing.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Donne to this entry?)