Paradigm



[par-uh-dahym, -dim] /ˈpær əˌdaɪm, -dɪm/

noun
1.
Grammar.

2.
an example serving as a model; pattern.
Synonyms: mold, standard; ideal, paragon, touchstone.
3.

/ˈpærəˌdaɪm/
noun
1.
(grammar) the set of all the inflected forms of a word or a systematic arrangement displaying these forms
2.
a pattern or model
3.
a typical or stereotypical example (esp in the phrase paradigm case)
4.
(in the philosophy of science) a very general conception of the nature of scientific endeavour within which a given enquiry is undertaken
n.

late 15c., from Late Latin paradigma “pattern, example,” especially in grammar, from Greek paradeigma “pattern, model; precedent, example,” from paradeiknynai “exhibit, represent,” literally “show side by side,” from para- “beside” (see para- (1)) + deiknynai “to show” (cognate with Latin dicere “to show;” see diction). Related: Paradigmatic; paradigmatical.

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