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[n] a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
[n] the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time; "he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm"
[n] 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)
[n] systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

Misc. Definitions

\Par"a*digm\, n. [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to show by the side of, to set up as an example; ? 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.

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