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Definition of Example


  1. One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen.
  2. That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy.
  3. That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model.
  4. That which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning.
  5. 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; as, in trigonometry and grammar, the principles and rules are illustrated by examples.
  6. To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance.

Example Quotations

Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings.
Ellen DeGeneres

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
Rupert Murdoch

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
Niccolo Machiavelli

I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.
Misha Collins

You know, it's ironic to me that Christians want to keep the Ten Commandments in our schools, because Christianity has abrogated four of the Ten Commandments. For example, the Sabbath day according to the Ten Commandments is Saturday, not Sunday. And the reason is because God rested, not because Jesus was resurrected.
Alan Dershowitz
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Example Translations

example in Afrikaans is voorbeeld
example in Danish is eksempel
example in Dutch is toonbeeld, voorbeeld
example in Finnish is esimerkki
example in French is exemple, ex
example in German is Beispiel, Vorbild, Beispiel
example in Italian is esempio, modello
example in Latin is exempoator, exemplum
example in Norwegian is eksempel
example in Portuguese is exemplo
example in Spanish is cala a, ejemplo
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