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paradigm shift Syllabification: par·a·digm shift

Definition of paradigm shift in English:


A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.
Example sentences
  • Within twenty years a fundamental paradigm shift had occurred in the ways in which informed observers discussed human existence.
  • The Joburg 2030 strategy marks an important paradigm shift in our approach to planning.
  • Second, it takes a paradigm shift to transition from traditional group insurance to a health and welfare trust.


1970s: term used in the writings of Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–96), philosopher of science.

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