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

Other Words from paradigm

paradigmatic \ ˌper-​ə-​dig-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce paradigm (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
paradigmatically \ ˌper-​ə-​dig-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paradigm (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

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Paradigm traces to a Greek verb meaning "to show," and has been used in English to mean "example" or "pattern" since the 15th century. Some debate exists, however, about what kind of example qualifies as a paradigm. Some people say it's a typical example, while others insist it must be an outstanding or perfect example. The scientific community has added to the confusion by using it to mean "a theoretical framework," a sense popularized by American scientist Thomas S. Kuhn in the second edition of his influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published in 1970. In that work, Kuhn admitted that he had used paradigm in 22 different ways. Some usage commentators now advise avoiding the term entirely on the grounds that it is overused.

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The run-up for stocks through last year tended to skew portfolios away from the 60-40 paradigm. Larry Light, Fortune, 11 May 2022 Now’s the time to put French talent into the international paradigm. Ben Croll, Variety, 10 May 2022 Rethinking the paradigm for global scientific cooperation. Muhammad Ali Pate And Michelle A. Williams, STAT, 9 May 2022 This screen brings it more in line with that paradigm, to mean roughly 14 inches as its general size category. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 9 May 2022 Digital agencies should operate under the same paradigm. Frank Rojas, Forbes, 6 May 2022 That said, Kardashian also now has the power, influence, and means to take a sledgehammer to that stale societal paradigm conflating weight and worth. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 3 May 2022 The workforce paradigm has shifted, accelerated by the pandemic, and according to a workforce strategist, employers need to change as well to meet the needs of their employees and customers. Karen Caffarini, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Subvert the paradigm through as many filters and vantage points as possible. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Paradigm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paradigm. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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