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Definition serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
  • I appreciate your exemplary behavior.
exemplary = serving as an example — especially a good one
  • 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)
  • an exemplary jail sentence
  • this medal which validated her service as an exemplary missionary in the King's colony
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • exemplary = serving as an especially good example of a
  • I can't be exemplary without my test scores!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • exemplary = serving as an example — especially a good one
  • 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
  • exemplary = serving as a good example
  • ...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
  • exemplary = serving as a good example
  • Your service to this vessel has always been exemplary.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • exemplary = an excellent example (of how such service should be performed)
  • 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
  • exemplary = an especially good (example)
  • "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
  • exemplary = serving as a good example
  • an action exemplary of his conduct
  • ...the safety of the state requires that an exemplary punishment should be inflicted on the guilty.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • He asked for exemplary punishment.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Your Majesty," he said, "has shown exemplary wisdom."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • The only excesses indulged in by this temperate and exemplary people, appear to be gambling and horseracing.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • The Vannis kept exemplary order, and closed every evening at the hour suggested by the city council.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • He had an exemplary teacher, for Louisa Mae Cardinal has lived her life the way all of us should.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • But now it began to be discovered that Dr. Kenn, exemplary as he had hitherto appeared, had his crotchets, possibly his weaknesses.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And everyone knows you did exemplary work in Hong Kong.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplary of a great personality.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World

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