ex\u2022em\u2022pla\u2022ryPronunciation: (ig-zem\u0027plu-rE, eg\u0027zum-pler\u0022E), [key] \u2014adj. 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.