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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·am·ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exampled p. pr. & vb. n. Exampling ] To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance. [Obs.] “I may example my digression by some mighty precedent.”
    Burke devoted himself to this duty with a fervid assiduity that has not often been exampled, and has never been surpassed.   --J. Morley.