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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.

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