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ɪgˈzɛm plər, -plɑrex·em·plar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exemplar, example, model, good examplenoun

    something to be imitated

    "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exemplarnoun

    A pattern; an example to be imitated.

    Etymology: exemplar, Latin.

    The idea and exemplar of the world was first in God. Walter Raleigh.

    They began at a known body, a barleycorn, the weight whereof is therefore called a grain; which ariseth, being multiplied to scruples, drachms, ounces, and pounds, and then those weights, as they happen to take them, are fixed by authority, and exemplars of them publickly kept. William Holder.

    If he intends to murder his prince, as Cromwel did, he must persuade him that he resolves nothing but his safety; as the same grand exemplar of hypocrisy did before. South.

    Best poet! fit exemplar for the tribe
    Of Phœbus. Phillips.


  1. exemplar

    An exemplar is a person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model of a certain characteristic, quality, behavior or a concept. It is something that is highly admired and considered highly worthy of imitation. It is usually used to describe something that is the best of its kind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exemplarnoun

    a model, original, or pattern, to be copied or imitated; a specimen; sometimes; an ideal model or type, as that which an artist conceives

  2. Exemplarnoun

    a copy of a book or writing

  3. Exemplaradjective


  4. Etymology: [L. exemplar, exemplum: cf. F. exemplaire. See Example, and cf. Examper, Sampler.]


  1. Exemplar

    Exemplar, in the sense developed by philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn, is a well-known usage of a scientific theory. According to Kuhn, scientific practice alternates between periods of normal science and extraordinary/revolutionary science. During periods of normalcy, scientists tend to subscribe to a large body of interconnecting knowledge, methods, and assumptions which make up the reigning paradigm. Normal science presents a series of "puzzles" that are solved as scientists explore their field. The solutions to some of these puzzles become well known and are the exemplars of the field. Kuhn introduced the concept of exemplar in a postscript to the second edition of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He noted that Those who study a scientific discipline are expected to know its exemplars. There is no fixed set of exemplars, but for a physicist today it would certainly include such things as the harmonic oscillator from mechanics and the hydrogen atom from quantum mechanics. For a biologist today the set includes the population variations of the European peppered moth and the convergent evolution of wings. They should also be familiar with ideas which have been discredited or otherwise proven false.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exemplar

    egz-em′plar, n. a person or thing to be imitated: the ideal model of an artist: a type: an example.—adv. Ex′emplarily.—ns. Exem′plariness, the state or quality of being exemplary; Exemplar′ity, exemplariness: exemplary conduct.—adj. Exemplary (egz-em′plar-i, or egz′em-plar-i), worthy of imitation or notice. [O. Fr. exemplaire—Low L. exemplariumexemplum, example.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of exemplar in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Carr:

    They are exemplar states that have great grades all-around.

  2. Phelim Kine:

    She is an exemplar of a gross miscarriage of injustice rooted in Pakistan’s extremely unfair blasphemy laws and of how this law can victimize someone who should not be inside the criminal justice system whatsoever.

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