Meaning of exemplary

ex•em•pla•ry

Pronunciation: (ig-zem'plu-rē, eg'zum-pler"ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary conduct.
  2. serving as a warning: an exemplary penalty.
  3. serving as an illustration or specimen; illustrative; typical: The sentences read are exemplary of the style of the essay as a whole.
  4. serving as a model or pattern: The authoritative and exemplary text of the work is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
  5. of, pertaining to, or composed of exempla: the exemplary literature of the medieval period.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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