AskDefine | Define exemplary

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exemplary adj
1 worthy of imitation; "exemplary behavior"; "model citizens" [syn: model(a)]
2 being or serving as an illustration of a type; "the free discussion that is emblematic of democracy"; "an action exemplary of his conduct"; [syn: emblematic, typic]
3 serving to warn; "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence" [syn: admonitory, cautionary, monitory, warning(a)]

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  1. Deserving honour, respect and admiration.
  2. Of such high quality that it should serve as an example and sought to be imitated.
  3. Ideal or perfect.


good enough to serve as an example to others
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