AskDefine | Define example

Dictionary Definition



1 an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10" [syn: illustration, instance, representative]
2 a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example" [syn: model]
3 something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general" [syn: exemplar, model, good example]
4 punishment intended as a warning to others; "they decided to make an example of him" [syn: deterrent example, lesson, object lesson]
5 an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths" [syn: case, instance]
6 a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook" [syn: exercise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From essample (French: exemple), from exemplum.



  1. Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
  2. Something that serves to explain or illustrate 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.


something representative of a group
  • Dutch: voorbeeld
  • Finnish: esimerkki (Suomi)
  • French: exemple
  • German: Beispiel
  • Hungarian: példány
  • Italian: esempio
  • Japanese: (, rei)
  • Kurdish:
  • Latin: exemplum
  • Latvian: piemērs , paraugs
  • Lower Sorbian: pśikład
  • Polish: przykład
  • Portuguese: exemplo
  • Russian: пример
  • Scots: ensaumple
  • Slovene: primer
  • Spanish: ejemplo
  • Swedish: exempel
something serving to explain or illustrate a rule
something serving as a pattern of behaviour
  • Czech: příklad
  • Dutch: voorbeeld
  • Finnish: esimerkki, esikuva
  • German: Vorbild, Beispiel
  • Hungarian: példa
  • Kurdish:
  • Latin: exemplum
  • Latvian: paraugs
  • Polish: przykład
  • Russian: пример
  • Scots: ensaumple
  • Slovene: zgled
  • Swedish: exempel
person punished as a warning to others
parallel or closely similar case
instance as a problem to be solved

Extensive Definition

An example is a representative of a group or a concept.
Example may also refer to:
example in Kölsch: Example (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admonishment, admonition, alarm, archetype, as an example, benchmark, call to mind, case, case in point, caution, caveat, citation, cite, cite a particular, criterion, cross reference, cross section, demonstrate, demonstration, deterrent example, document, emblem, embodiment, exemplar, exempli gratia, exemplification, exemplify, explanation, exponent, final notice, final warning, for example, for instance, give a for-instance, hint, illustrate, illustration, instance, item, itemize, lesson, little bite, little smack, model, monition, moral, name, norm, notice, notification, object lesson, particular, particularize, pattern, prototype, quotation, quote, reference, relevant instance, representation, representative, sample, specimen, standard, symbol, taste, taster, threat, tip-off, to illustrate, type, typical example, typification, ultimatum, verbum sapienti, warning, warning piece
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