English [ edit ]
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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.
Thomas Kuhn's landmark Structure of Scientific Revolutions got people talking about , to the point the word itself now suggests an incomplete or biased perspective. paradigm shifts An
example serving as the model for such a pattern: a template, an exemplar, a " 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 0 521 65058 5, 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
philosophy consisting of ‘top-bottom’ ideas
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References [ edit ]
, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Houghton Mifflin, 2000, . ISBN 978-0-395-82517-4 “
paradigm” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present. "
paradigm" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.