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ˈpær əˌdaɪm, -dɪmpar·a·digm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradigmnoun

    systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

  2. prototype, paradigm, epitome, imagenoun

    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, paradigmnoun

    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. paradigmnoun

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

    "he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm"


  1. Paradigmnoun

    (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.


  1. paradigmnoun

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

  2. paradigmnoun

    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. paradigmnoun

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

  4. paradigmnoun

    A conceptual frameworkan established thought process.

  5. paradigmnoun

    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. paradigmnoun

    A philosophy consisting of 'top-bottom' ideas (namely biases which could possibly make the practitioner susceptible to the 'confirmation bias').

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paradigmnoun


    Etymology: παϱαδειγμα.


  1. Paradigm

    In science and philosophy, a paradigm () is a distinct set of concepts or thought patterns, including theories, research methods, postulates, and standards for what constitute legitimate contributions to a field. The word paradigm is Greek in origin, meaning "pattern", and is used to illustrate similar occurrences.


  1. paradigm

    A paradigm is a typical example or pattern of something, a framework that acts as a model or standard for a specific way of thinking, understanding, or approaching a particular subject or problem. It often represents a set of beliefs, assumptions, and ideologies that shape and guide the behavior and cognition of individuals and groups within a certain field or discipline. The term is commonly used in the context of scientific, philosophical, or social frameworks that influence and define the overall perspective and methodology used in those domains.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradigmnoun

    an example; a model; a pattern

  2. Paradigmnoun

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

  3. Paradigmnoun

    an illustration, as by a parable or fable

  4. Etymology: [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

Examples of paradigm in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    AI is a paradigm shift. Hope we embrace it vs on the mercy of others. It is automation raise to the power infinity and much more...

  3. Kenneth Heinz:

    Falling foreign currency reserves, higher import costs and lower oil revenue have increased the EM risk paradigm into year end, resulting in greater macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, but also increased opportunity across emerging markets.

  4. Sanita Belgrave:

    Your greatest power is your ability to make paradigm shifts.”

  5. Deepak Chopra:

    Skeptics squat by the road like guardians of truth, letting no one pass who doesn't come up to scratch. They never realize that they can see only what their paradigm tells them to look for. If you judge a person only by how well he plays pool, Mozart won't pass scrutiny, but the fault is in your lens.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. instigation
    • B. macron
    • C. foumart
    • D. brashness

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