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MODEL

The person, object, or idea in whose likeness someone or something can be made. In this sense Christ and the saints are the divinely available models of Christian perfection. As an exemplary cause, a model is the form that a person deliberately seeks to imitate.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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