em-, emp-, empt-; sump-, -sum-

(Latin: a taking, to take, to take up, to buy, to select; to use, to spend, to consume)

1. The protection of the rights and interests of consumers; especially, with regard to price, quality, and safety.
2. An attitude that values the acquisition of material goods.
3. In economy, the belief that the buying and selling of large quantities of consumer good is beneficial to an economy or a sign of economic strength.
consuming, consumingly
So intense as to take up all of a person's attention, time, and/or energy.
consummate (KAHN suh mayt") (verb), consummates; consummated; consummating
1. To conclude or to bring to completion: Sam was able to consummate a profitable business transaction with the head of the company.

Jed consummated a business transaction with the bank for the money he needed to start his automobile dealership.

2. To achieve or to fulfill: Sharon's dream was finally consummated with the publication of her first book.
3. Etymology: from Latin consummatus; from consummare, "to sum up, to make up, to complete"; from con-, "intensive" + summa, "highest degree, total".
To bring to a finish and to accomplish.
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consummate (kuhn SUHM it, KOHN suh muht) (adjective), more consummate, most consummate
1. Complete or perfect in every respect; perfect; faultless; skillful: James, who is just 14 years old, plays the piano with consummate ability and talent.
2. Absolutely terrible or utterly bad: Maggie's brother is considered to be a consummate liar and thief.
Referring to the something that is perfect or correct.
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Descriptive of being faultless and correct in one's life.
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consummation (s) (noun), consummations (pl)
1. An achievement or a fulfillment of an objective: At the consummation of the negotiations, the President signed the treaty.
2. Etymology: from Latin consummationem, which is from consummare, "to make up, to complete".
The quality of being consumable.
Any object whose use renders it consumed, worn out, or decayed.
consumption (s) (noun), consumptions (pl)
1. The action or fact of consuming or destroying; destruction.
2. The dissipation of moisture by evaporation.
3. Wasting of the body by disease; a wasting disease; now applied specifically to pulmonary consumption or phthisis (wasting or gradual deterioration of the body).
4. Wasteful expenditure, waste.
5. The using up of material, the use of anything as food, or for the support of any process.
6. The destructive employment or utilization of the products of industry.
exemplary (adjective), more exemplary, most exemplary
1. Relating to being a good example or model to follow: The violinist showed the students an example of an exemplary performance.
2. Descriptive of something that deserves to be copied and admired: Michael was congratulated by his professor for his exemplary research and outstanding report which was easy for others to easily understand.
Commendable behavior.
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In the following image, the man is telling the judge that he will lead an exemplary life, while at the same time, he is stealing his lawyer's billfold; so, he is obviously an example of someone who is not living an exemplary life.

Serving as an example or model.
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exempli gratia; e.g.
For the sake of example.

Meaning, "for instance" or "for example"; only when giving an example to illustrate a point.

One should always precede this Latin abbreviation with a comma or a semicolon. It is used correctly to introduce an example, but incorrectly to mean "that is" which is id est = i.e.

"I have the laboratory equipment, e.g., [not i.e.] beakers, thermometers, and test tubes; which we need."

Don't end a list that starts with e.g. with etc. In other words, make sure all of the "examples" are listed.

exemplify (verb), exemplifies; exemplified; exemplifying
To be an example of something in order to show it clearly: The author's popularity exemplifies the tastes of his readers.

The economic development of the city is exemplified by all of the new buildings that are being constructed.

The writer's plays exemplify both comedy and seriousness.

To show or to illustrate.
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