[ par-uh-dig-mat-ik ]
/ ˌpær ə dɪgˈmæt ɪk /


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.

Nearby words

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019