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 number of Alabama attorneys are taking steps to try to help the state's immigrant and refugee populations survive the new immigration paradigm established during President Donald Trump's first 10 days in the White House.
Again, in a different cultural setting, abetted by social media, James has created his own operational paradigm.
This defensive style will be a paradigm shift for the Penguins versus the Eastern Confernce Final.
Taking advantage of vulnerable people — in this case, a young man with ambitions and neither money nor family support — is a paradigm of exploitation.
The system is essentially modular, so that new treatment paradigms and different languages can easily be added.
If not, then the standard dark-matter paradigm is in big trouble.
What, in our current cybersecurity paradigm, accounts for this?
Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party celebrated India’s military action as a paradigm change in the country’s approach.
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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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