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noun par·a·digm \ˈper-ə-ˌdīm, ˈpa-rə- also -ˌdim\

Simple Definition of paradigm

  • : a model or pattern for something that may be copied

  • : a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of paradigm

  1. 1 :  example, pattern; especially :  an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype

  2. 2 :  an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms

  3. 3 :  a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated; broadly :  a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind

paradigmatic play \ˌper-ə-dig-ˈma-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective
paradigmatically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of paradigm in a sentence

  1. And the paradigm of a thing to be philosophical about is death. —Jim Holt, New York Times Book Review, 15 Feb. 2009

  2. Such problems drive home a critical flaw in the paradigm of energy independence—namely, that energy isn't a zero-sum game anymore. —Paul Roberts, Mother Jones, May/June 2008

  3. That the biomedical paradigm of single cause and single disease was a chimera was well understood by even its most vigorous advocates. —Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007

  4. Her recent book provides us with a new paradigm for modern biography.

  5. the Freudian paradigm of psychoanalysis

  6. a new study that challenges the current evolutionary paradigm

Origin of paradigm

Late Latin paradigma, from Greek paradeigma, from paradeiknynai to show side by side, from para- + deiknynai to show — more at diction

First Known Use: 15th century

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