[syn: substitution class, paradigm]
4. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time;
- Example: "he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
1. An example; a model; a pattern. [R.] "The paradigms and
patterns of all things." --Cudworth.
2. (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing
a word in all its different forms of inflection.
3. (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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" [syn: prototype, paradigm, epitome, image]
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) [syn: substitution
4: the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline
at a given time; "he framed the problem within the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "paradigm":
IC analysis, accidence, affix, affixation, allomorph, antetype,
antitype, archetype, beau ideal, biotype, bound morpheme,
classic example, conjugation, criterion, cutting, declension,
derivation, difference of form, enclitic, epitome, example,
exemplar, formative, free form, fugleman, fugler, genotype, ideal,
imitatee, immediate constituent analysis, infix, infixation,
inflection, lead, mirror, model, morph, morpheme,
morphemic analysis, morphemics, morphology, morphophonemics,
original, pattern, precedent, prefix, prefixation, proclitic,
prototype, radical, representative, root, rule, standard, stem,
suffix, suffixation, theme, type, type species, type specimen,