ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ of n
If you use something as an illustrative example, or for illustrative purposes, you use it to show that what you are saying is true or to make your meaning clearer. [FORMAL]

A second illustrative example was taken from The Observer newspaper...

The following excerpt is illustrative of her interaction with students.


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