adjective Date: circa 1507 1. a. serving as a pattern b. deserving imitation ; commendable <
his courage was exemplary
; also deserving imitation because of excellence <
they serve exemplary pastries — G. V. Higgins
2. serving as a warning ; monitory <
given an exemplary punishment
3. serving as an example, instance, or illustration <
this story is exemplary of her style
exemplarily adverbexemplariness nounexemplarity noun

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