paradigm

A paradigm is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas. A paradigm is a way of looking at something.

The word paradigm comes up a lot in the academic, scientific, and business worlds. A new paradigm in business could mean a new way of reaching customers and making money. In education, relying on lectures is a paradigm: if you suddenly shifted to all group work, that would be a new paradigm. When you change paradigms, you're changing how you think about something.

Primary Meanings of paradigm

1.
n
a standard or typical example
2.
n
systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
3.
n
the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)
Full Definitions of paradigm
1

n a standard or typical example

Synonyms:
epitome, image, prototype
Types:
concentrate
a concentrated example of something
imago
(psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
Type of:
example, model
a representative form or pattern

n the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

“he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm
Type of:
perspective, position, view
a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
2

n systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

Type of:
inflection, inflexion
a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function
3

n the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)

Synonyms:
substitution class
Type of:
category, class, family
a collection of things sharing a common attribute

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