Pronunciation: (ig-zem'plu-rē, eg'zum-pler"ē),[key] —adj. 1. worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary conduct. 2. serving as a warning: an exemplary penalty. 3. serving as an illustration or specimen; illustrative; typical: The sentences read are exemplary of the style of the essay as a whole. 4. serving as a model or pattern: The authoritative and exemplary text of the work is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. 5. of, pertaining to, or composed of exempla: the exemplary literature of the medieval period.