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English noun: paradigm

1. paradigm systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

Broader (hypernym)inflection, inflexion

2. paradigm (cognition) a standard or typical example

SamplesHe is the prototype of good breeding.
He provided America with an image of the good father.

Synonymsepitome, image, prototype

Broader (hypernym)example, model

Narrower (hyponym)concentrate, imago

3. paradigm (communication) 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)

Synonymssubstitution class

Broader (hypernym)category, class, family

4. paradigm (cognition) the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

SamplesHe framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm.

Broader (hypernym)perspective, position, view

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