adjective ex·em·pla·ry \ig-ˈzem-plə-rē\

: extremely good and deserving to be admired and copied

: serving as an example of something

Full Definition of EXEMPLARY

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>
:  serving as a warning :  monitory <given an exemplary punishment>
:  serving as an example, instance, or illustration <this story is exemplary of her style>
ex·em·plar·i·ly \ˌeg-ˌzem-ˈpler-ə-lē\ adverb
ex·em·pla·ri·ness \ig-ˈzem-plə-rē-nəs\ noun
ex·em·plar·i·ty \ˌeg-ˌzem-ˈpla-rə-tē\ noun

Examples of EXEMPLARY

  1. <as a hospital volunteer you have given exemplary service to your community>
  2. <armies have traditionally used public execution as an exemplary punishment for the crime of desertion>
  3. Each cantina has its own style, but almost all of them share several key traits: uniformed waiters offering exemplary service, a trio of musicians strolling from table to table playing songs on request, lots of men playing dominoes, plenty of good tequila and cold beer, and tasty home-cooked botanas (snacks) served free with each round of drinks. —Chris Humphrey, National Geographic Traveler, September 2008


(see exemplar)
First Known Use: circa 1507


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