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I appreciate your exemplary behavior.
  serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

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        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
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exemplary exemplarily exemplarity
Strongly Associated with:   exemplar, exemplify
Exemplary is used to indicate something that should be copied much more often than something that should be avoided.
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  • I appreciate your exemplary behavior.
  • an exemplary jail sentence
  • I am satisfied that yours must be an excellent religion to have produced a life of such exemplary virtue and correctness. For it is in our lives, not from our words, that our religion must be judged.
    Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to Mrs. H. Harrison Smith)
  • "The final award this morning," said Mr. Tushman, after the kids onstage had returned to their seats, "is the Henry Ward Beecher medal to honor students who have been notable or exemplary in certain areas throughout the school year."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder

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  • this medal which validated her service as an exemplary missionary in the King’s colony
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • I can’t be exemplary without my test scores!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Your service to this vessel has always been exemplary.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Mental illness seems to be a communication problem between interpreters one and two. An exemplary piece of confusion:
    INTERPRETER ONE: There’s a tiger in the corner.
    INTERPRETER TWO: No, that’s not a tiger—that’s a bureau.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • He admired any cop who did the job in an exemplary fashion and kept his office’s conviction rate high.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • ...a very pious and exemplary dame, who had taught him his catechism in youth, and was still his moral and spiritual adviser,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown

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  • It looks like your behavior has been exemplary.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "And that your work here has been exemplary," Denise continued.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There is something exemplary to the sensation of near-perfect lightness, of being in a place and not being there, which seems of course a chronic condition of my life but then, too, its everyday unction, the trouble finding a remedy but not quite a cure, so that the problem naturally proliferates until it has become you through and through.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "As you’ve no doubt noticed, you are quite the exemplary model of modern science, young lady."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She’d landed the Employee of the Year award more than once, and not just because of her exemplary attendance record.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • On the contrary, he seemed the exemplary student: He sat ramrod straight in his desk, listening with attention, and his Messenger uniform was impeccable.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • In the corner behind me the breeze also rustled the papers hanging from the Students’ Garden, a beautifully decorated piece of cardboard that displayed exemplary work.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • But because they were exemplary men, they offered me the chance to resign with honor and without a blot on my record, if I did not take the case to court.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The deputy ("vice-") mayor was a Jew; the large local high school took exemplary pride in its winning teams and that rara avis, a hotshot triple-threat Jewish athletic coach.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Inspired by the exemplary leadership and far-reaching vision of King Abdullah….
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Coin’s voice comes over the district audio system, thanking us all for an exemplary evacuation of the upper levels.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I intended to see all the relatives and to explain what exemplary conduct all of their sons, husbands, and brothers had displayed on the front line of the battle against world terror.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • This learned stranger was exemplary as regarded at least the outward forms of a religious life; and early after his arrival, had chosen for his spiritual guide the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Why, Rachel," Leah would say, "you run this place with such genialness and vivacity! I never knew you had such an exemplary talent for the hospitality business!"
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Eragon was an exemplary human swordsman, but he could not compete with warriors whose blood ran thick with magic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When he told me that the movie would be shown, we went into our best behavior and were the exemplary children that Grandmother deserved and wished to think us.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • His one desire was to know what was happening and at any cost correct, or remedy, the mistake if he had made one, so that he, an exemplary officer of twenty-two years’ service, who had never been censured, should not be held to blame.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Look, Ingles, what an exemplary patriot.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The Vannis kept exemplary order, and closed every evening at the hour suggested by the city council.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The faithful woman and the versatile brave man, the wakeful intelligence open to inspiration or grace-these are still exemplary for our kind, as they always were and always will be.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And to punish himself he led an exemplary life in every other respect.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • For helping me complete it, I am grateful to three officials of exemplary professionalism: Mr. Kazuhiko Oda, lately of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa; Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe, of Oika Shipping Company; and, especially, Mr. Tomohiro Okamoto, of the Japanese Ministry of Transport, now retired.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • On the other hand, it seems wrong to call the shooting a simple accident, since this wasn’t exactly exemplary police work.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Exquisite gentlemen of the finest breeding, which was at that remarkable time—and has been since—to be known by its fruits of indifference to every natural subject of human interest, were in the most exemplary state of exhaustion, at the hotel of Monseigneur.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • However, he redoubled his severity, and had never been more exemplary.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • After all, I am grateful to this gentleman, the author, for saying that my novels are more satirical than exemplary, but that they are good; for they could not be that unless there was a little of everything in them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • You know, for instance, beforehand with positive certainty that this man, this most reputable and exemplary citizen, will on no consideration give you money; and indeed I ask you why should he?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ’Because she’ll never be as good as Hagrid,’ said Harry firmly, fully aware that he had just experienced an exemplary Care of Magical Creatures lesson and was thoroughly annoyed about it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He asked for exemplary punishment.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • These she put down upon the table without a word, glaring at me the while with exemplary firmness, and then retired, locking the door after her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He was an exemplary soldier.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Though they had only counselled them to do that which it was their duty to do, it commanded their respect, and rendered their conduct more exemplary.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Jo behaved herself with exemplary propriety, and when Amy was happily surrounded by her guard of honor, Jo circulated about the Hall, picking up various bits of gossip, which enlightened her upon the subject of the Chester change of base.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Chapter XXXVI Herbert and I went on from bad to worse, in the way of increasing our debts, looking into our affairs, leaving Margins, and the like exemplary transactions; and Time went on, whether or no, as he has a way of doing; and I came of age,—in fulfilment of Herbert’s prediction, that I should do so before I knew where I was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • On the contrary: life had shown her that perhaps it was exemplary.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • That innocent and most exemplary life was drawing rapidly to its close, and in a few days he rendered up his spirit to his Creator, praying God to defend the realm from Papistry.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • During this display of emotions so natural in their situation, Hawkeye, whose vigilant distrust had satisfied itself that the Hurons, who disfigured the heavenly scene, no longer possessed the power to interrupt its harmony, approached David, and liberated him from the bonds he had, until that moment, endured with the most exemplary patience.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Robert Fitzgerald’s subtle and strong translation brings out the grave tones of the original, and is exemplary in helping us follow its sustained intensity of focus alongside its massive comprehensiveness.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The sign that he hung on the neck of the cow was an exemplary proof of the way in which the inhabitants of Macondo were prepared to fight against loss of memory: This is the cow.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The fearless exemplary death of Attila the Hun.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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Associated words [difficulty]:   exemplary [3] , exemplar [8] , exemplify [5]
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