sche·​ma | \ ˈskē-mə How to pronounce schema (audio) \
plural schemata\ ˈskē-​mə-​tə How to pronounce schemata (audio) \ also schemas

Definition of schema

1 : a diagrammatic presentation broadly : a structured framework or plan : outline
2 : a mental codification of experience that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli

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Drake appears to be somewhere in the middle of both schema. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 For several years, courts — not only immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals, but also federal circuit courts — have been trying to hash out where victims of gang violence fit into this schema. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions just all but slammed the door on survivors of domestic violence and gang violence," 11 June 2018 Douthat came of age during the culture wars of the 1990s, and the culture-war schema pervades his work. Paul Elie, New York Times, "A Conservative Catholic Begs the Pope: Lead Us Not Into Temptation," 9 Apr. 2018 The above is merely a rough sketch of Murnane’s all-encompassing schema. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Gerald Murnane’s Endless Island," 4 May 2018 Database schema had to be negotiated with in-house administrators; their designs might work well for low-volume, internal use but not for real-time, high-load situations. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Dot-Coms Were Better Than Facebook," 13 Apr. 2018 Because the formal byplay of the schema is of more interest to the creators than creating distinctive characters, the lovers never quite take on lives of their own, and Harder’s libretto has a generic quality. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD Review: Nathaniel Stookey, ‘Zipperz’," 7 Mar. 2018 Trump’s eternal surprise is a consequence of using too-simple, uninformed schemata to carve up the world. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "All the Times Trump Has Been “Surprised” Since the Election," 19 May 2017 No redemption is possible, but only a schema of never-ending debts and payments. Joshua Mitchell, National Review, "The Identity-Politics Death Grip," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of schema

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schema

Greek schēmat-, schēma

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sche·​ma | \ ˈskē-mə How to pronounce schema (audio) \
plural schemata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce schemata (audio) \ also schemas

Medical Definition of schema

1 : a nonconscious adjustment of the brain to the afferent impulses indicative of bodily posture that is a prerequisite of appropriate bodily movement and of spatial perception
2 : the organization of experience in the mind or brain that includes a particular organized way of perceiving cognitively and responding to a complex situation or set of stimuli

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