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.]
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1. An example; a model; a pattern. [R.] "The paradigms and patterns of all things." Cudworth.
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2. (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing a word in all its different forms of inflection.
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3. (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable.
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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 phenomena.
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Par`a*dig*mat"ic

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Par`a*dig*mat"ic*al

(?), } a. [Gr. paradeigmatiko`s.] Exemplary. -- Par`a*dig*mat"ic*al*ly, adv. [Obs.]
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