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paradigm (ˈpærəˌdaɪm Pronunciation for paradigm



  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 Pronunciation for paradigmatic , 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'

Firstly, the paradigm of a shift from morality to immorality is simply wrong.
Irish Times (2002)
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)
State governments are still a long way from a real paradigm shift.
India Today (1999)
The Coalition has entered a new phase with its own positive agenda free of Labor's reconciliation paradigm.
The Australian (2004)
The phrase "new paradigm ' has not been heard in the City for many months.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The third challenge to the new economic paradigm is much more fundamental.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
This had got to be the paradigm of a suspect who sends anonymous notes.
Anita Anderson SUMMER OF SECRETS (2003)
Whether applied to tasting tea or testing medicine, they involve no special commitment to any particular ` paradigm '.
Dylan Evans PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)


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