I want an adjective that describes a noun as something that serves as an example of something.
I viewed this ESE discussion but I feel that exemplary doesn't suffice, because it implies bias approval. Like if I used it in a sentence like:
Joe is an exemplary citizen
It doesn't imply that Joe is a typical or representative citizen, it implies that he's a great one that people should model themselves after.
I think that exemplative is a great word. Especially for the context I wish to use it in, which is something like:
Her work is an exemplative narrative on this particular subject
However my concern is that when I searched for the definition of exemplative, there were open content sources such as Wiktionary definitions for it. So is it a valid and proper word that I can use or should I look to another adjective? If so what?
Thank you all for your help.