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Main Entry: 1ex·am·ple
Pronunciation: ig-'zam-p&l
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French essample, example, from Latin exemplum, from eximere to take out, from ex- + emere to take -- more at REDEEM
Date: 14th century
1 : one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated <a good example> <a bad example>
2 : a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others; also : an individual so punished
3 : one (as an item or incident) that is representative of all of a group or type
4 : a parallel or closely similar case especially when serving as a precedent or model
5 : an instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate a rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of a rule
synonym see INSTANCE, MODEL
- for example /f&r-ig-'zam-p&l, frig-/ : as an example <there are many sources of air pollution; exhaust fumes, for example>
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