paradigm

noun
par·​a·​digm | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīm How to pronounce paradigm (audio) , ˈpa-rə- also -ˌdim\

Definition of paradigm

1 : example, pattern especially : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype … regard science as the paradigm of true knowledge. — G. C. J. Midgley
2 : an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms
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

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Other Words from paradigm

paradigmatic \ ˌper-​ə-​dig-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce paradigmatic (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
paradigmatically \ ˌper-​ə-​dig-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paradigmatically (audio) , 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
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What Adelson sees cannabis promoting is a new paradigm of medical care. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Lots of Doctors Recommend Weed Without Understanding It," 10 May 2018 Defining identity on a spectrum rather than along binary lines is a paradigm shift that goes hand in hand with new modes of self presentation. Vogue, "A New Exhibition in Boston on Gender-Bending Fashion Is Also About Youthquakes, New and Old," 20 Mar. 2019 Typical is a mainstream neurologist with grants galore who veered into researching a new paradigm. Eric Felten, WSJ, "‘Borrowed Time’ Review: The Long Ramp to the Final Exit," 21 Feb. 2019 And less than a year went by before Einstein published a paper that used the new paradigm to produce gravitational waves. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 Best Picture Who should win: Black Panther defined the culture, was critically beloved, made all the money, and (here’s hoping) shifted the Hollywood paradigm. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Should Win at the Oscars vs. Who Will Win," 20 Feb. 2019 And so the totems were born of the group’s desire to step away from the paper-swatch paint store paradigm. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Can Farrow & Ball’s new LA showroom change what people think of paint stores?," 30 Nov. 2018 Maxwell’s paradigm has worked just fine without magnetic charges; his insights made possible most modern technology, from electrical power generation to wireless communications to computers. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 During middle school, the paradigm shifted: Tech became a place to retaliate in typical, hormone-raging teenage fashion. refinery29.com, "15 Women In Tech On The Skills They Taught Their Moms," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of paradigm

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paradigm

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

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paradigm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paradigm

formal
: 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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