Definition of exemplary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzempləri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzempləri//
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  1. 1providing a good example for people to copy Her behaviour was exemplary. a man of exemplary character The organization has an exemplary record.
  2. 2[usually before noun] (law or formal) (of punishment) severe; used especially as a warning to others
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin exemplaris, from Latin exemplum ‘sample, imitation’, from eximere ‘take out’, from ex- ‘out’ + emere ‘take’.
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