paradigm

[ par-uh-dahym, -dim ]
/ ˈpær əˌdaɪm, -dɪm /

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This teacher stopped telling students to put away their phones during class. Why? He underwent what is known as a paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is a dramatic change in a way of thinking or behaving.

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noun

Grammar.
  1. a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme.
  2. a display in fixed arrangement of such a set, as boy, boy's, boys, boys'.
an example serving as a model; pattern.
  1. a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a scientific community.
  2. such a cognitive framework shared by members of any discipline or group: the company’s business paradigm.

Origin of paradigm

1475–85; < Late Latin paradīgma < Greek parádeigma pattern (verbid of paradeiknýnai to show side by side), equivalent to para- para-1 + deik-, base of deiknýnai to show (see deictic) + -ma noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for paradigm

paradigm
/ (ˈpærəˌdaɪm) /

noun

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

Derived forms of paradigm

paradigmatic (ˌpærədɪɡˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paradigm

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