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paradigm

[par-uh-dahym, -dim]
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noun
  1. 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'.
  2. 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.
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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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  • The paradigm of a once-for-life education is over, as much as literacy is over.

  • These paradigm descriptions facilitate our knowing how we are with others.

  • Verona shall serve as the paradigm for the despotic form of government.

    A Short History of Italy

    Henry Dwight Sedgwick

  • The paradigm employed uses eye movement recordings and comprehension measures to study picture-text interactions.

  • The paradigm of self-servicing machines, of circuits that can fix themselves (von Neumann's genius at work) is already a reality.


British Dictionary definitions for paradigm

paradigm

noun
  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
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Derived Formsparadigmatic (ˌpærədɪɡˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin

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

n.

late 15c., from Late Latin paradigma "pattern, example," especially in grammar, from Greek paradeigma "pattern, model; precedent, example," from paradeiknynai "exhibit, represent," literally "show side by side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + deiknynai "to show" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show;" see diction). Related: Paradigmatic; paradigmatical.

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