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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This estate is the paradigm of luxury living, with no expense spared or detail overlooked. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "Effortlessly luxurious estate in the Polo Club neighborhood of Denver," 12 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter During the 20th century the world eventually found a way to manage a paradigm shift in military technology, the emergence of the nuclear bomb. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence and war," 5 Sep. 2019 The goal of shareholder primacy was to emancipate the private sector and encourage risk-taking Shareholder primacy has been the dominant paradigm for corporate accountability for the past 40 years. Miguel Padró, Quartz at Work, "If we want our corporate leaders held accountable, we must let other stakeholders in," 26 Aug. 2019 Kesterson sees a paradigm shift in how people here buy and eat. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 One of my favorite dramas of the 2010s, Mad Men, represented the fullest realization of the previous decade’s white-male-antihero-heavy golden age more than a new paradigm for TV. Time, "Orange Is the New Black Is the Decade's Most Important Show," 22 July 2019 June kept imagining a new paradigm for cancer treatment, in which living immune cells, rather than drugs, would be mobilized against the disease. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 Laning had set the paradigm for computing once before. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 But amid discussions of how to regulate data protection, Openly Operated lays out an attractive paradigm for privacy. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something," 18 June 2019

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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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