Definition of paradigm
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 the Freudian paradigm of psychoanalysis; broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind
paradigmaticplay \ˌper-ə-dig-ˈma-tik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective
paradigmaticallyplay \ˌper-ə-dig-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˌpa-rə-\ adverb
Examples of paradigm in a Sentence
And the paradigm of a thing to be philosophical about is death. —Jim Holt, New York Times Book Review, 15 Feb. 2009
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
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
Her recent book provides us with a new paradigm for modern biography.
the Freudian paradigm of psychoanalysis
a new study that challenges the current evolutionary paradigm
Recent Examples of paradigm from the Web
A strict understanding of gender roles just doesn’t hold water anymore, which adds to the confusion around the entire dating paradigm in the first place.
That collaborative energy could lead to a paradigm shift for you, and a lighter load.
This reflects the entire paradigm shift between Hong Kong and China.
Today Philadelphia stands as a sort of new paradigm – the franchise that lost a lot on purpose for very long time, but with its shedload of lottery picks, is poised to break good.
Fifty years ago, two paradigms clashed over how to handle a growing population.
During the more than 35 years of its existence, inflationary theory has gradually become the main cosmological paradigm describing the early stages of the evolution of the universe and the formation of its large-scale structure.
The man at the front of the room did not act like somebody riding the crest of a paradigm shift.
The Xbox One X is part of a new, mobile-phone style paradigm for Microsoft's console ecosystem, Penello said.
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PARADIGM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paradigm for English Language Learners
: 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
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