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

Housing and renter advocates have an ally in Eudaly, who said the city government needs a new paradigm for engaging residents. oregonlive.com, "Emotions flare as Portland, long friendly to neighborhoods, weighs gutting their powers," 2 July 2019 Below is a rundown of the Denver-area school districts and the possible impact of the new kindergarten paradigm. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s full-day kindergarten bill helps most Denver-area districts, but challenges the richest and poorest," 29 June 2019 The disjointed mix of bicycle infrastructure designs resulting from years of planners trying to squeeze bikes into a car centric paradigm needs to be updated with consistent and intuitive design standards. Copenhagenize Design Co., WIRED, "The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked," 27 June 2019 In a potential paradigm shift for addiction medicine, New Jersey’s health commissioner this week authorized paramedics to administer the drug buprenorphine to patients almost immediately after reviving them from an opioid overdose. STAT, "In national first, N.J. program will let paramedics administer buprenorphine," 26 June 2019 Long-term stability means shifting the refugee-camp paradigm from humanitarian aid toward private industry. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 The Japanese design studio Nendo recently exhibited a prototype of its new hand-crank charger, the Denqul, which completely ignores that paradigm. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out, Hand-Crank Chargers Don't Have to Be Ugly," 9 Nov. 2018 That’s kind of the whole point of it -- to really get away from that paradigm. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Inside The Glitch Mob's Innovative Blade 2.0 Stage: Exclusive Interview," 31 May 2018 Besides setting you up to overeat broccoli and miss out on pizza parties, the good/bad paradigm can lead to extreme, moralistically judgmental attitudes about food. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "There’s no such thing as ‘bad food.’ Four terms that make dietitians cringe.," 5 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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