V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a model or a representative example; 2. in science, a theoretical framework
Synonyms: model, example, pattern, archetype, prototype
Tips: Paradigm can also be used, when discussing grammar, to mean all the possible inflections of a word. The phrase paradigm shift is commonly used to mean "a change in the prevailing ideas or beliefs."
The teacher kept the student's essay as a paradigm for future students to emulate. (model, example)
The move from Newtonian physics to Einstein's relativism represented a major paradigm shift in physics. (pattern, theoretical belief system)
He argued the case using a historical paradigm to illustrate his point. (example)
In order to compete in today's economy, many companies will require a paradigm shift in the way they do business. (pattern, belief system)
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