paradigm shift


a dramatic change in the paradigm of a scientific community, or a change from one scientific paradigm to another.
a significant change in the paradigm of any discipline or group: Putting skilled, tenured teachers in failing schools would cause a paradigm shift in teaching and education.

Nearby words

  1. parade rest,
  2. paradichlorobenzene,
  3. paradiddle,
  4. paradidymis,
  5. paradigm,
  6. paradigmatic,
  7. paradipsia,
  8. paradisaical,
  9. paradisal,
  10. paradise

Origin of paradigm shift

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paradigm shift

paradigm shift


a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory

Word Origin for paradigm shift

C20: coined by T.S. Kuhn (1922–96), US philosopher of science

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