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 paradigm (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
paradigmatically \ ˌper-​ə-​dig-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paradigm (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 That stark realization has fueled something of a paradigm shift, said Peter Kelemen, a professor of Earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University. NBC News, "Big Oil is just one industry hoping carbon capture will help it survive the new green economy," 23 Apr. 2021 However, there’s one element of change that is not getting as much attention from marketers— the paradigm shift to greater brand and team leadership introspection. Nj Falk, Forbes, "5 Ways To Become A Better Virtual Team Leader And Unlock Your Inner Potential," 21 Apr. 2021 Her cutting-edge wealth repatterning work deconstructs financial slavery consciousness and is paving the way to a new global wealth paradigm where financial freedom is the reality. Celinne Da Costa, Forbes, "Redefining What It Means To Be Truly Wealthy," 20 Mar. 2021 As with any new paradigm, there are risks and uncertainties. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, "Busting Bitcoin myths: 7 misconceptions about the cryptocurrency," 17 Mar. 2021 This is clearly a new paradigm for how these outbreaks start. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "New Ebola outbreak likely sparked by a person infected 5 years ago," 12 Mar. 2021 Ghannouchi insisted that his party offers a paradigm for others in the region. Washington Post, "Still making the case for Islam and democracy in a Tunisia battered by crises," 4 Mar. 2021 His hopes now hinge on a new paradigm of personalized medicine that will use a half million fruit flies to design and test a drug regimen tailored to his specific cancer. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "Could Fruit Flies Help Match Patients With Cancer Treatments?," 26 Feb. 2021 To address this mistrust will require a paradigm shift, said Warren of Tuskegee University. Tribune News Service, al, "Stop blaming Tuskegee, critics say. It’s not an ‘excuse’ for current medical racism," 28 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paradigm

: 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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