paradigm
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpæ.ɹə.daɪm/
  • (America) enPR: ˈpär.ə.dīm, IPA: /ˈpæɹ.ə.daɪm/, /ˈpɛɹ.ə.daɪm/, /ˈpeɪɹ.ə.daɪm/
    (Mary-marry-merry)
Noun

paradigm (plural paradigms)

  1. A pattern, a way of doing something, especially (now often pejorative) a pattern of thought, a system of beliefs, a conceptual framework.
    Synonyms: model, worldview
    Thomas Kuhn's landmark “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” got people talking about paradigm shifts, to the point the word itself now suggests an incomplete or biased perspective.
  2. An example serving as the model for such a pattern.
    Synonyms: template, exemplar, posterboy
    • 2000, "Estate of William F. Jenkins v. Paramount Pictures Corp.":
      quote en
    • 2003, Nicholas Asher and Alex Lascarides, Logics of Conversation, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0 521 65058 5, page 46:
      quote en
  3. (linguistics) A set of all forms which contain a common element, especially the set of all inflectional forms of a word or a particular grammatical category.
    The paradigm of "go" is "go, went, gone."
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