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.
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- Sometimes par·a·dig·mat·i·cal .
- par·a·dig·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use paradigmatic in a sentence
Though held in contempt by a large plurality of the nation, Cheney qualifies as a paradigmatic American, like it or not.
In an Indian language it is usually found difficult to elaborate a system of tenses in paradigmatic form.
These categories constitute conjugations and declensions, and for convenience such combinations may be called paradigmatic.
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.
These inflections are used chiefly in the paradigmatic combinations.