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PARADIGM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does paradigm mean? 

PARADIGM (noun)
  The noun PARADIGM has 4 senses:

1. systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
2. a standard or typical example
3. 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)
4. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

  Familiarity information: PARADIGM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARADIGM (noun)


Sense 1paradigm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("paradigm" is a kind of...):

inflection; inflexion (a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function)


Sense 2paradigm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A standard or typical example

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

epitome; prototype; paradigm; image

Context examples:

he is the prototype of good breeding / he provided America with an image of the good father

Hypernyms ("paradigm" is a kind of...):

example; model (a representative form or pattern)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "paradigm"):

concentrate (a concentrated example)

imago ((psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood)


Sense 3paradigm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

substitution class; paradigm

Hypernyms ("paradigm" is a kind of...):

category; class; family (a collection of things sharing a common attribute)


Sense 4paradigm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm

Hypernyms ("paradigm" is a kind of...):

perspective; position; view (a way of regarding situations or topics etc.)


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