example

Definitions:

  • One that is representative of a group as a whole.
  • One serving as a pattern of a specific kind.
  • A similar case that constitutes a model or precedent.
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  • A punishment given as a warning or deterrent.
  • One that has been given such a punishment.
  • A problem or exercise used to illustrate a principle or method.
  • (<em>for example</em>) As an illustrative instance.
  • To furnish with examples; give examples of.
  • To justify by the authority of an example.
  • To set or make an example of; present as an example.
  • To give an example.
  • One of a number of things, or a part of anything, generally a small quantity, exhibited or serving to show the character or quality of the whole; a representative part or instance; a sample; a specimen; an exemplar.
  • An instance serving for illustration; a particular case or circumstance, quotation, or other thing, illustrating a general statement, proposition, rule, or truth.
  • A pattern in morals or manners worthy of imitation; a model of conduct or manner; an archetype; one who or that which is proposed or is proper to be imitated.
  • An instance serving for a warning; a warning.
  • In <em>zoology</em>, a prepared specimen.
  • In <em>mathematics</em>, an arithmetical or algebraic problem, illustrating a rule or method, to be worked out by a student: as, an <em>example</em> in addition; an <em>example</em> in quadratics.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Example, Pattern, Model, Precedent, Ideal, Instance</em>; archetype, prototype; exemplification. <em>Example</em> is the most general of these words; it is the only one of them that admits application to that which is to be avoided. An <em>example</em> is something to guide the understanding, so that one may decide what to do and what not to do. <em>Pattern</em> and <em>model</em> express that which is to be closely followed or copied; they primarily refer to physical shape: as, an artist's <em>model</em>; but also freely to the shaping of conduct and character: as, a <em>pattern</em> of sobriety; a <em>model</em> of virtue. Perhaps <em>model</em> suggests the more complete <em>example</em>, but the difference between the two words in this respect is small. A <em>precedent</em> is an <em>example</em> set in the past, as a legal decision which may be pleaded in law as the basis of a further decision, and in private affairs a thing once done or allowed, and so pleaded as a reason or an excuse for more of the same sort: as, a <em>precedent</em> for indulgence. An <em>ideal</em> is a model of perfection, primarily imaginary, but by hyperbole sometimes real. An <em>example</em> is generally a representative person or thing, but the word is sometimes used instead of <em>instance</em> with reference to a representative act or course of conduct: as, to prove a rule by <em>examples</em>; to prove a man's fidelity or treachery by <em>instances</em> or <em>examples.</em>
  • One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen.
  • That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy.
  • That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model.
  • That which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning.
  • An instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science.
  • To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance.
  • Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
  • Something that serves to illustrate or explain a <xref>rule</xref>.
  • Something that serves as a <xref>pattern</xref> of <xref>behaviour</xref> to be <xref>imitated</xref> (a <xref>good</xref> example) or not to be imitated (a <xref>bad</xref> example).
  • A person <xref>punished</xref> as a <xref>warning</xref> to others.
  • A <xref>parallel</xref> or closely similar case, especially when serving as a <xref>precedent</xref> or <xref>model</xref>.
  • An instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate the rule or <xref>precept</xref> or to act as an <xref>exercise</xref> in the <xref>application</xref> of the rule.
  • To be <xref>illustrated</xref> or <xref>exemplified</xref> (by)
  • punishment intended as a warning to others
  • a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
  • an occurrence of something
  • an item of information that is typical of a class or group
  • a representative form or pattern
  • something to be imitated
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