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What does exemplary mean?

Worthy of Imitation

Exemplary

ex·em·pla·ry (ĭg-zěm'plə-rē)  
adj.

  1. Worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary behavior.
  2. Serving as a model.
  3. Serving as an illustration; typical.
  4. Serving as a warning; admonitory.

[From Middle English exaumplarie, exemplere, an exemplar; see exemplar.] ex'em·plar'i·ly (ěg'zəm-plâr'ə-lē) adv., ex·em'pla·ri·ness, ex'em·plar'i·ty (ěg'zəm-plār'ĭ-tē) n.

Word Origin and History
1589 (exemplar is attested from 1393), from M.Fr. exemplaire, from L. exemplaris “that serves as an example,” from exemplum “example.” Exemplify is from c.1430.

Gresham Harkless Jr.

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