Definition of exemplary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɛmpləri/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzɛmpləri/


1Serving as a desirable model; very good: exemplary behaviour
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  • His commentaries survive because they were adopted as exemplary models by later commentators.
  • The author and publisher deserve high praise for producing an exemplary model of its kind.
  • Within the community she is also a key figure, particularly among local ethnic communities where she is viewed as an exemplary role model.
perfect, ideal, model, faultless, without fault, copybook, flawless, impeccable, consummate;
excellent, outstanding, exceptional, admirable, fine, very good, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy, meritorious, honourable, estimable, above/beyond reproach, blameless, irreproachable, unimpeachable
rare applaudable
2(Of a punishment) serving as a warning or deterrent: exemplary sentencing may discourage the violent minority
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  • If there is exemplary punishment of the corporation and its officials, then other corporations will think twice before imposing risks on the life and health of ordinary people.
  • They are aimed at intimidating the population as a whole through the use of overwhelming military violence and the policy of exemplary punishment.
  • However the criminal justice system might use an exemplary punishment to show that we will not put up with this.
serving as a deterrent;
cautionary, warning, admonitory
rare monitory
2.1 Law (Of damages) exceeding the amount needed for simple compensation.
Example sentences
  • Franklin is counter-suing, claiming punitive and exemplary damages amounting to £18m.
  • Aggravated damages occupy a murky middle ground between normal compensatory damages and exemplary damages.
  • Aggravated damages, which are not always readily distinguishable from exemplary damages, may both compensate and have a punitive effect.



Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪli/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzɛmplərɪli/
Example sentences
  • Although hard-working, good-humoured, and exemplarily patient as a teacher, he was subject to violent mood swings and his ebullience could evaporate in a trice, to be replaced by a black suicidal depression which might last for months.
  • That essay is exemplarily respectful of the ethic of the relation between different generations of thinkers, and of the elders of philosophy.
  • Superbly pressed and with profits shared by surviving musicians, the reissues are exemplarily done, although in quite limited editions.


Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɛmplərɪnəs/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzɛmplərɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Simplicity in life and exemplariness in practice has been his hallmark.
  • Those who are inspired by the exemplariness of his work, one hopes, will only gather strength as we remember him in the years to come.
  • The model, in selling the image of her body, sells at the same time, by virtue of her exemplariness, the image of the body of Algerian women as a whole.


Example sentences
  • She is interested in how female exemplarity and heroism are constructed in texts and images.
  • But in the 1860s and 70s, such exemplarity assumed a new cultural centrality and hegemonic power used not only for the management of poor pupils but for the cultivation of students at Oxbridge.
  • More to the point, Griselda's problematic exemplarity is closely related to her status as a model of female virtue, a status that clearly affects how the message of the story is taken to apply to readers in the world outside the text.


Late 16th century: from late Latin exemplaris, from Latin exemplum 'sample, imitation' (see example).

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