A copy ( copies) ( from Latin: exemplum, "model", " pattern ", "image ") is a single piece or individual from a lot of similar things or beings. Common abbreviations for individual books and the like are copies or copies Accordingly, exemplary means exemplary, exemplary.
Copy as a ' single piece from a set of similar things ' is derived from the Middle High German copy for ' model, pattern ' and found in the 17th century this meaning. In addition, it is used in the modern sense since the 16th century. Initially, in particular a ' single impression of a book ' called so, as will be seen by the Latin copy of ' copy, image, pattern, model '. Thus defined Adelung Grammatically - critical dictionary of the High German dialect as follows: " Bey the printers means copy the original of a writing, that which bey putting a book or writing the compositor serve as a model, bey the booksellers, however, is copy a piece of the whole edition, a book or scripture regarded as an individual. "
Copy is a further development of the Latin exemplum, what about the adjective exemplified by Latin exemplaris ' for example, exemplary ' is and use ' giving a cautionary tale ' was about in, which was in the 17th century about for exemplary punishment. This is also supported by the common since the 17th century and initially quite a figure of speech Examples to be Made for ' give a warning example ' significantly. ' Make clear by examples ' The verb exemplify for is occupied in the 16th century and is synonymous with the medieval Latin exemplificare.