What does paradigm mean?

Definitions for paradigmˈpær əˌdaɪm, -dɪm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradigm(noun)

    systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

  2. prototype, paradigm, epitome, image(noun)

    a standard or typical example

    "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"

  3. substitution class, paradigm(noun)

    the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)

  4. paradigm(noun)

    the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

    "he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm"


  1. Paradigm(n.)

    (Science) A theory providing a unifying explanation for a set of phenomena in some field, which serves to suggest methods to test the theory and develop a fuller understanding of the topic, and which is considered useful until it is be replaced by a newer theory providing more accurate explanations or explanations for a wider range of phenomena.

  2. Origin: [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr. , fr. to show by the side of, to set up as an example; para` beside + to show. See Para-, and Diction.]


  1. paradigm(Noun)

    An example serving as a model or pattern; a template.

  2. paradigm(Noun)

    A set of all forms which contain a common element, especially the set of all inflectional forms of a word or a particular grammatical category.

    The paradigm of "go" is "go, went, gone."

  3. paradigm(Noun)

    A system of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.

  4. paradigm(Noun)

    A conceptual frameworku2014an established thought process.

  5. paradigm(Noun)

    A way of thinking which can occasionally lead to misleading predispositions; a prejudice. A route of mental efficiency which has presumably been verified by affirmative results/predictions.

  6. paradigm(Noun)

    A philosophy consisting of u2018top-bottomu2019 ideas (namely biases which could possibly make the practitioner susceptible to the u2018confirmation biasu2019).

  7. Origin: Established 1475-85 from paradigma, from παράδειγμα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradigm(noun)

    an example; a model; a pattern

  2. Paradigm(noun)

    an example of a conjugation or declension, showing a word in all its different forms of inflection

  3. Paradigm(noun)

    an illustration, as by a parable or fable

  4. Origin: [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr. , fr. to show by the side of, to set up as an example; para` beside + to show. See Para-, and Diction.]


  1. Paradigm

    In science and epistemology, paradigm describes distinct concepts or thought patterns.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paradigm

    par′a-dim, n. an example: model: (gram.) an example of the inflection of a word.—adjs. Paradigmat′ic, -al, consisting of, or resembling, paradigms.—n. Paradigmat′ic, one who narrates the lives of religious persons by way of examples.—adv. Paradigmat′ically. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. paradeigmapara, beside, deiknynai, to show.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradigm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paradigm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jen Weedon:

    There's a paradigm shift with regards to other ways countries try to hold each other accountable.

  2. David Nutt:

    We've never had drugs before with an instant effect. This could create a paradigm shift to help people into a different state of thinking that they can then stay in.

  3. Donella Meadows, The Global Citizen:

    Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.

  4. Matt Wall:

    E-cigarettes ... provide a very good simulation of traditional smoking (and) we have shown that using e-cigarettes with fMRI is an excellent paradigm for direct evaluation of the effects of smoking on human neurophysiology.

  5. Oprah Winfrey:

    If all this happened to you what paradigm might you develop? How might that paradigm affect you in terms of your life from that point on? What does this tell you about Abe? There are no failures, only lessons to be learned.

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