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Etymology [ edit ]
Established 1475-85 from
Late Latin , from paradīgma Ancient Greek παράδειγμα ( parádeigma, “ pattern ” ), from παραδείκνυμι ( paradeíknumi, “ I show [beside] or compare ” ) + -μα ( -ma, “ forming nouns concerning the results of actions ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
paradigm ( plural ) paradigms
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. An
example serving as the model for such a pattern.
Synonyms: , template , exemplar posterboy
2000, " Estate of William F. Jenkins v. Paramount Pictures Corp.":
According to the Fourth Circuit, “Coca-Cola” is “the paradigm of a descriptive mark that has acquired secondary meaning”.
2003, Nicholas Asher and Alex Lascarides, Logics of Conversation, Cambridge University Press, ↑ISBN, page 46:
DRT is a paradigm example of a dynamic semantic theory, [… ]
( 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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Translations [ edit ]
example serving as a model or pattern
linguistics: all forms which contain a common element
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References [ edit ]
, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Houghton Mifflin, 2000, . ↑ISBN “
paradigm” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present. "
paradigm" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.