An example is a chosen representation of a recurring event, a rule, or the qualitative performance of a task. Specifically:

  1. : something that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not imitated – a good or bad example
  2. – a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others; also: such a punished individual
  3. : something that is representative of the whole of a group
  4. : a parallel or very similar case especially when serving as a precedent or model
  5. : an instance (such as a problem to be solved) that serves to illustrate a rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of a rule
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