V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a model or a representative example; 2. in science, a theoretical framework

Synonyms: model, example, pattern, archetype, prototype

Antonyms: anomaly

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."

Usage Examples:

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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