Definitions of paradigm:
- noun: the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
Example: "He framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm"
- noun: systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
- noun: a standard or typical example
- noun: 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)
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