What does exemplary mean?

Definitions for exemplary
ɪgˈzɛm plə ri, ˈɛg zəmˌplɛr iex·em·pla·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exemplary, model(a)adjective

    worthy of imitation

    "exemplary behavior"; "model citizens"

  2. emblematic, exemplary, typicadjective

    being or serving as an illustration of a type

    "the free discussion that is emblematic of democracy"; "an action exemplary of his conduct";

  3. admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning(a)adjective

    serving to warn

    "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence"


  1. exemplarynoun

    An example, or typical instance; an exemplar

  2. exemplaryadjective

    Deserving honour, respect and admiration.

  3. exemplaryadjective

    Of such high quality that it should serve as an example and sought to be imitated.

  4. exemplaryadjective

    Ideal or perfect.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exemplaryadjective

    Etymology: from exemplar.

    The archbishops and bishops have the government of the church: be not you the mean to prefer any to those places, but only for their learning, gravity, and worth: their lives and doctrine ought to be exemplary. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    If all these were exemplary in the conduct of their lives, religion would receive a mighty encouragement. Jonathan Swift.

    Had the tumults been repressed by exemplary justice, I had obtained all that I designed. Charles I .

    Awaking therefore, as who long had dream’d,
    Much of my women and their gods asham’d,
    From this abyss of exemplary vice
    Resolv’d, as time might aid my thought, to rise. Matthew Prior.

    When any duty is fallen under a general disuse and neglect, in such a case the most visible and exemplary performance is required. John Rogers, Sermon 18.


  1. exemplary

    Exemplary is an adjective that describes something or someone as worth being admired or copied, often for reasons such as its high quality, superior performance, excellent character or morals. It can also refer to being representative or typical of a particular quality or type.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exemplaryadjective

    serving as a pattern; deserving to be proposed for imitation; commendable; as, an exemplary person; exemplary conduct

  2. Exemplaryadjective

    serving as a warning; monitory; as, exemplary justice, punishment, or damages

  3. Exemplaryadjective

    illustrating as the proof of a thing

  4. Exemplarynoun

    an exemplar; also, a copy of a book or writing

  5. Etymology: [L. exemplaris, fr. exemplar: cf. F. exemplaire. See Exemplar.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of exemplary in a Sentence

  1. Clifford Villalon:

    Images are models of the exemplary works of different subjects. And greatness is only awarded when recognized.

  2. Jason Rivera:

    Jason was an exemplary member of our school community, who embodied our core values and lived a life that was dedicated to improving our community. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Jason. i want y’all to, like, hear me, hear my voice and to know you’re going to get through it.

  3. Chris Shoemaker:

    The Morris Award committee wants a distinct voice that takes readers to new places, they have exemplary voice, as well as strong world-building and character development.

  4. Cathy Scheller:

    My son is an exemplary Marine and he has been for 17 years, he knew that everyone else felt the same way. He thought if he took the lead, others would stand up and call for accountability. They did not. So he is taking the full brunt himself.

  5. John McCain:

    With Sen. Lindsey Graham's announcement, Republicans lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate, not to mention the candidate with the best (and it seemed sometimes the only) sense of humor, as sorry as I am to see Lindsey's candidacy end, I understand his reasons, and I'm as proud of him as I've ever been for his exemplary service to our party and our country.

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