Definition of exemplary in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzemplərē/


1Serving as a desirable model; representing the best of its kind: an award for exemplary community service
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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, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable;
excellent, outstanding, admirable, commendable, laudable, above/beyond reproach;
textbook, consummate, archetypal
2(Of a punishment) serving as a warning or deterrent: exemplary sentencing may discourage the ultraviolent 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.
deterrent, cautionary, warning, admonitory
rare monitory
2.1 Law (Of damages) exceeding the amount needed for simple compensation.
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  • 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: /iɡˈzemplərəlē/
Pronunciation: /eɡzemˈplerəlē/
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: /iɡˈzemplərēnəs/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˌeɡzemˈplaritē/
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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Syllabification: ex·em·pla·ry

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