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paradigm (n.)

late 15c., "an example, a model," 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;" from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly"). In 20c. it began to be used in the more specific philosophical sense of "logical or conceptual structure serving as a form of thought within a given area of experience," especially in Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" (1962). Related: Paradigmatic; paradigmatical.

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Definitions of paradigm

paradigm (n.)
systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word;
paradigm (n.)
a standard or typical example;
Synonyms: prototype / epitome / image
paradigm (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
paradigm (n.)
the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time;
he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm
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