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 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 With the pandemic, remote and hybrid working, vaccine mandates, and a plethora of urgent and emerging paradigm shifts, managers have to guide their employees through change quickly. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 If the Dolphins win this game, the whole paradigm shifts. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Finzer frames this as a paradigm shift in data ownership. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2021 The question is whether individual white-collar workers quitting their jobs could add up to a bigger paradigm shift. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 And even while Powell has presided over a massive paradigm shift, the Fed has a few regulatory tools that nearly everyone agrees could be used more aggressively against climate risk. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2021 The enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011 led to a paradigm shift where the FDA focused on preventing outbreaks, as opposed to just reacting to them. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Researchers agree that soil science is in the midst of a classic paradigm shift. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 By shifting the paradigm around their job and adding meaning and purpose, the hospital staff made the tougher parts of their job tolerable, even important, and changed their behavior to support that purpose. David G. Allan, CNN, 6 Sep. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paradigm. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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paradigm

noun

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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