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[par-uh-dig-mat-ik] /ˌpær ə dɪgˈmæt ɪk/
of or relating to a paradigm.
Linguistics. pertaining to a relationship among linguistic elements that can substitute for each other in a given context, as the relationship of sun in The sun is shining to other nouns, as moon, star, or light, that could substitute for it in that sentence, or of is shining to was shining, shone, will shine, etc., as well as to is rising, is setting, etc.
Compare syntagmatic.
Sometimes, paradigmatical.
Origin of paradigmatic
1655-65; < Greek paradeigmatikós, equivalent to paradeigmat-, stem of parádeigma paradigm + -ikos -ic
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paradigmatically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These inflections are used chiefly in the paradigmatic combinations.

    On the Evolution of Language John Wesley Powell
  • In an Indian language it is usually found difficult to elaborate a system of tenses in paradigmatic form.

    On the Evolution of Language John Wesley Powell
  • It is worthy of remark that all paradigmatic inflection in a civilized tongue is a relic of its barbaric condition.

    On the Evolution of Language John Wesley Powell
  • It should here be noted that paradigmatic inflections are used for two distinct purposes, qualification and relation.

    On the Evolution of Language John Wesley Powell

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