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·plari·ly (ĕg′zəm-plârə-lē) adv.
ex·empla·ri·ness, ex′em·plari·ty (ĕg′zəm-plărĭ-tē) n.
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