paradigm

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Paradigm is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈpær.ə.daɪm/
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Noun[change]

Singular
paradigm

Plural
paradigms

  1. A system of beliefs, ideas, values, and habits that is a way of thinking about the real world.
    At the time, this way of thinking was the dominant paradigm for social scientists.
  2. A paradigm is an example, model or pattern, especially the most basic or central one.
    For fifteen centuries Aristotle remained the paradigm of knowledge itself.
    It provides paradigms of action and role models through which we interpret `real life'.
  3. (Grammar) A paradigm is the set of all word forms.
    The complete paradigm for boy is: boy, boy’s, boys, boys’, boyish.

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