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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Recent Examples on the Web Reese and his brother have spent the last few years working to preserve his grandfather’s legacy and tell the stories of the leaders of the Selma voting rights movement that shifted the paradigm of the nation. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge? Activists, politicians split: ‘It does not help history'," 24 June 2020 How long can this earnings-don’t-matter paradigm last? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors brush aside protests, COVID and Brexit talks to send global markets higher," 2 June 2020 That new digital paradigm extends to COVID-19 as well. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "How the pandemic has transformed the telehealth industry forever," 11 June 2020 To quell the recent surge of unrest, the mayor has had recourse to an old, definitive paradigm: a transport grid that slows people down and keeps them at home. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "A Fragile Answer to the Question of “Whose Streets?”," 10 June 2020 But the mental health toll of the pandemic may not fit this paradigm. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now," 8 June 2020 Long-standing challenges to the scientific enterprise are building towards a Kuhnian paradigm shift that will turn the practice of scientific research on its head. Jennifer Doudna, The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Jennifer Doudna on how covid-19 is spurring science to accelerate," 5 June 2020 Even the action of the switchgear and shifter seems to establish a new paradigm of heft and precision. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Audi TT Goes All-In on Style," 1 June 2020 Second, Apple introduced trackpad support, bringing a whole new user interface paradigm to the iPad. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro mini-review: A vast improvement," 30 May 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paradigm. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for paradigm

paradigm

noun
How to pronounce paradigm (audio)

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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