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paradigm

par·a·digm

paradigm

 
 
pronunciation:
per daIm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an example, model, pattern, or the like.
Religions provide an ethical paradigm according to which one may lead one's life.
synonyms:
example, model, pattern
similar words:
archetype, ideal, image, lead, mold, norm, picture, precedent, prototype, standard, type, yardstick
definition 2: in grammar, an example of a conjugation or declension, listing all the inflected forms of a word.
The Spanish teacher wrote out the paradigm for verbs ending in "er," and the students practiced conjugating verbs according to it.
derivations: paradigmatic (adj.), paradigmatically (adv.)