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  1. of or relating to a paradigm.
  2. 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.
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Sometimes par·a·dig·mat·i·cal.

Origin of paradigmatic

1655–65; < Greek paradeigmatikós, equivalent to paradeigmat-, stem of parádeigma paradigm + -ikos -ic
Related formspar·a·dig·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • These inflections are used chiefly in the paradigmatic combinations.

  • In an Indian language it is usually found difficult to elaborate a system of tenses in paradigmatic form.

  • It is worthy of remark that all paradigmatic inflection in a civilized tongue is a relic of its barbaric condition.

  • It should here be noted that paradigmatic inflections are used for two distinct purposes, qualification and relation.