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paradigm (ˈpærəˌdaɪm



  1. (grammar) the set of all the inflected forms of a word or a systematic arrangement displaying these forms
  2. a pattern or model
  3. a typical or stereotypical example (esp in the phrase paradigm case)
  4. (in the philosophy of science) a very general conception of the nature of scientific endeavour within which a given enquiry is undertaken

Derived Forms

paradigmatic (ˌpærədɪɡˈmætɪk , or paradigmatical (ˌpærədɪɡˈmætɪkəl)   adjective

Word Origin

C15: via French and Latin from Greek paradeigma pattern, from paradeiknunai to compare, from para-1 + deiknunai to show

Translations for 'paradigm'

  • British English: paradigm A paradigm is a model for something which explains it or shows how it can be produced. NOUN...a new paradigm of production.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: paradigma
  • Chinese: 范例范範例
  • European Spanish: paradigma
  • French: modèle
  • German: Musterbeispiel
  • Italian: modello
  • Japanese: パラダイム
  • Korean: 패러다임
  • Portuguese: paradigma
  • Spanish: paradigma

Example Sentences Including 'paradigm'

This had got to be the paradigm of a suspect who sends anonymous notes.
Anita Anderson SUMMER OF SECRETS (2003)
I am the preserver of innocence, the champion of virtue, the paradigm of purity.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
She struck me as the paradigm of a schoolteacher, friendly, warm and pleasant, but also stern and bossy.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)


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