par·a·digm | \ˈper-ə-ˌdīm, 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, ˌpa-rə- \ adjective
paradigmatically \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
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Because in choosing Uniqlo, Mr. Federer is effectively creating a new paradigm for a post-technical sports brand adventure. New York Times, "Roger Federer Wants to Win a New Game," 12 July 2018 Kuhn viewed this as fundamentally a language problem; old terms took on new meanings under the new paradigm. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 There’s an argument to be made that subjecting straight men to the same objectification everyone else has long lived with is not only fair play but in fact social progress, representing a new paradigm where no one identity group is overly centered. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What 'The Age of the Twink' Actually Means," 15 May 2018 George Loss, the chief of transplant surgery at the Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana, has embraced a different paradigm for the clinic’s liver transplant practice. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "Thousands of organs are lost before they can be donated. Here’s how to save them.," 23 Apr. 2018 With the arrival of digital streaming, a new paradigm for how people consume music is evolving and revenue has begun to climb again. Adam Gorgoni, Billboard, "Come Together: Why Songwriters Should Support the Music Modernization Act (Guest Column)," 2 Apr. 2018 The Federalist Party is offering a new paradigm in American politics. William F. B. O'reilly, National Review, "With Fealty to Frailty, the Federalist Party of America Launches," 15 Feb. 2018 More than five years have passed since Jim Allison's breakthrough work unleashing the immune system to attack cancer jump-started a new paradigm of treatment, but the prizes keep coming for the Houston scientist. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Immunotherapy pioneer Jim Allison still reeling in prizes, money," 23 Jan. 2018 The Padres have undoubtedly preferred high-profile prep talent in recent drafts, but Swaggerty has a chance to break that paradigm here. Richard Morin, azcentral, "MLB mock draft 1.0: Valley high-school stars Matthew Liberatore, Nolan Gorman in top 10," 18 May 2018

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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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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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