paradigmatic

The adjective paradigmatic is a fancy word for describing something that is an ideal or standard. Monet's paintings are paradigmatic of impressionism — they are a typical example of that style of art.

Use paradigmatic when you're talking about things that are archetypal or representative of some category and you want to sound impressive. You'll come across it if you study the subject of linguistics, where "paradigmatic analysis" is one way of analyzing a text, by examining patterns within it. The Greek word for "pattern," paradeigma, is the root of paradigmatic.

Definitions of paradigmatic
  1. adjective
    of or relating to a typical example
    paradigmatic learning”
  2. adjective
    of or relating to a grammatical paradigm
    paradigmatic inflection”
  3. adjective
    related as members of a substitution class
    paradigmatic word associations”
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    Antonyms:
    syntagmatic
    related as members of a syntagma
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