noun systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
noun a standard or typical example
epitome; prototype; image.
- he is the prototype of good breeding
- he provided America with an image of the good father
noun 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)
noun the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
- he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm
, L. paradigma
, fr. Gr. , fr. to show by the side of, to set up as an example; beside + to show. See Para-
, and Diction
- An example; a model; a pattern. R. "The paradigms and patterns of all things."
- (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing a word in all its different forms of inflection.
- (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable.
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