from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a paradigm.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the set of substitutional or oppositional relationships a linguistic unit has with other units, such as the relationship between (n) in not and other sounds that could be substituted for it in the same context, like (t) and (p). Together with the set of syntagmatic relations, paradigmatic relations describe the identity of a linguistic unit in a given language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to a paradigm
  • adj. related as members of a substitution class
  • adj. exemplary
  • n. A writer of memoirs of religious persona, as examples of Christian excellence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exemplary.
  • n. A writer of memoirs of religious persons, as examples of Christian excellence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exemplary; model.
  • n. In theology, one who narrated the lives of religious persons to serve as examples of Christian holiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a grammatical paradigm
  • adj. of or relating to a typical example
  • adj. related as members of a substitution class


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French paradigmatique, from Greek paradeigmatikos, serving as a model, from paradeigma, paradeigmat-, example; see paradigm.


  • Insistence on that distinction not only renders aesthetic experience cold-hearted and dull, but it also fails to accommodate certain paradigmatic aesthetic affects, including the important role of emotions and their somatic register in the apprehension of art (Robinson; Shusterman).

    Tastes and Pleasures

  • In any case, Christian critics of modernity too often paint with a big brush that does not capture elements of the Christian tradition present within paradigmatic representatives of modern liberalism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Before There Was Early Rawls…

  • The institute's first client was not famous at all but what Mr. Mellor calls a "paradigmatic" one who framed an injustice with crystal clarity.

    Litigating for Liberty

  • Indeed, he might be called paradigmatic of the new style: technically adept but soulless.

    Artistic Sensibilities

  • Putting aside for the moment that Anderson's own account of Sartre's career belies this statement, Sartre was not "paradigmatic" of anything except his own thinking and writing.

    Politics and Literature

  • There is a kind of paradigmatic subversion that channels explanations a certain way in all branches of science.

    von Storch and Zorita blog on the Hockey Stick « Climate Audit

  • This article traces the contours of a different kind of paradigmatic split, one that results in protracted confluence and contest rather than an immediate absorption of one model by another.

    A Teleology of Letters; or, From a

  • I neither said nor meant anything whatever about an "identity crisis" of Hitler's, about any other crisis of Hitler's that was "paradigmatic," or about an "identity crisis of Germany after 1918."

    Springtime for Hitler

  • And some people are what you would call paradigmatic thinkers, they’ve got a paradigm of the way the world works.

    Printing: Interview with David Ray Griffin on the Rob Kall Radio Show

  • This is a paradigmatic shift that has led the UC to scan across the country and examine what other universities have been doing to weather their financial storms.

    José Luis Santos: A Watershed Moment for the UC System


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