- deterrent example
- good example
To be illustrated or exemplified (by).
- As an illustrative instance:
Wear something simple; for example, a skirt and blouse.
- as an example; by way of illustration
- to be, or behave so as to be, a pattern or model for others to imitate
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From Middle English example, from Old French essample (French: exemple), from Latin exemplum (“literally what is taken out (as a sample), a sample, pattern, specimen, copy for imitation, etc.”), from eximō (“take out”), from ex (“out”) + emō (“buy; acquire”); see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus, forbusen (“example, model, template, exemplar”) (from Old English bīsen, forebīsen, forebȳsen (“example, model, template, exemplar”)) and Middle English byspel (“example, proverb”) (from Old English bīspel).
Middle English from Old French example, essaumple from Latin exemplum from eximere to take out ex- ex- emere to take em- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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