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definition of the word example

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
q greatly floor #982: example class century sorry

From Old French essample (French: exemple), from Latin exemplum.

Singular
example

Plural
examples

example (plural examples)

  1. Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
  2. Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.
  3. Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).
    • "Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge" - Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  4. A person punished as a warning to others.
  5. A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.
  6. An instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate the rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of the rule.


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