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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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