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.

Definitions of paradigm
  1. noun
    a standard or typical example
    synonyms: epitome, image, prototype
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    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
  2. noun
    the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
    “he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm
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    type of:
    perspective, position, view
    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  3. noun
    systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
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    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
  4. noun
    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
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    type of:
    category, class, family
    a collection of things sharing a common attribute
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