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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exemplary mean? 

EXEMPLARY (adjective)
  The adjective EXEMPLARY has 3 senses:

1. worthy of imitation
2. being or serving as an illustration of a type
3. serving to warn

  Familiarity information: EXEMPLARY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EXEMPLARY (adjective)

Sense 1exemplary [BACK TO TOP]


Worthy of imitation


exemplary; model

Context examples:

exemplary behavior / model citizens


worthy (having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable)

Sense 2exemplary [BACK TO TOP]


Being or serving as an illustration of a type


typic; exemplary; emblematic

Context examples:

the free discussion that is emblematic of democracy / an action exemplary of his conduct


typical (exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category)

Sense 3exemplary [BACK TO TOP]


Serving to warn


admonitory; monitory; warning; cautionary; exemplary

Context examples:

shook a monitory finger at him / an exemplary jail sentence


dissuasive (deterring from action)

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