What does paradigm mean?

Definitions for paradigmˈpær əˌdaɪm, -dɪm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paradigm.

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. National Intelligence James Clapper:

    We call this new paradigm immaculate collection.

  2. Lisa Sanchez:

    It's a paradigm shift with newly expanded liberties and rights.

  3. Mani Erfan:

    That’s a paradigm shift, it would change the dynamic of the country and the region.

  4. Tuong Nguyen:

    So the Pixel phones will likely continue to serve as a paradigm for OEMs [manufacturers].

  5. Hela Cheikhrouhou:

    If you want a paradigm shift you cannot be among the blue chips and be super conservative.

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