1. systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
  2. a standard or typical example; “he is the prototype of good breeding”; “he provided America with an image of the good father”
  3. 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)
  4. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time; “he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm”

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  1. Philosophy a typical example or pattern of something; a model there is a new paradigm for public art in this country

Philosophy a worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject the discovery of universal gravitation became the paradigm of successful science

  1. Grammar a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles • Often contrasted with syntagm English determiners form a paradigm: we can say “a book” or “his book” but not “a his book.”

  2. Grammar (in the traditional grammar of Latin, Greek, and other inflected languages) a table of all the inflected forms of a particular verb, noun, or adjective, serving as a model for other words of the same conjugation or declension.