Paradigm Par"a*digm, n. [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to show by the side of, to set up as an example; para` beside + ? to show. See {Para-}, and {Diction}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An example; a model; a pattern. [R.] ``The paradigms and patterns of all things.'' --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing a word in all its different forms of inflection. [1913 Webster]

3. (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable. [1913 Webster]

4. (Science) A theory providing a unifying explanation for a set of phenomena in some field, which serves to suggest methods to test the theory and develop a fuller understanding of the topic, and which is considered useful until it is be replaced by a newer theory providing more accurate explanations or explanations for a wider range of phenomena. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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