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paradigmatic

Syllabification: par·a·dig·mat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌperədiɡˈmadik
 
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Definition of paradigmatic in English:

adjective

1Of the nature of a paradigm or model: they offer this database as a paradigmatic example
More example sentences
  • If prediction and explanation are paradigmatic of scientific understanding, it appears that agent causation neither contributes to nor detracts from such understanding.
  • There appears to be little or no difference or conflict between paradigmatic approaches, which suggests that the emerging paradigm for social computing is rather homogenous.
  • I think this is a kind of paradigmatic conflict in Christian thought between Augustine's notion of the sovereignty of God, which is irresistible, and all sufficient for salvation.
2Of or denoting the relationship between a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles. Contrasted with syntagmatic.
Example sentences
  • This occurrence of zero anaphors is much more widespread than that observed in either an English-style, paradigmatic, non-pro-drop language or an Italian-style, paradigmatic, pro-drop language.
  • On the lexical level, paradigmatic contrasts indicate which words are likely to belong to the same word class (part of speech): cat, dog, parrot in the diagram are all nouns, sat, slept, perched are all verbs.

Derivatives

paradigmatically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Because particular devices vary across periods, and because norms tend to be organized paradigmatically, any film must choose only a few possibilities to actualize.
  • As Dummett has noted, in many cases the standard names for paradigmatically abstract objects do not assume the functional form to which the definition adverts.
  • Led by Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tinbergen, the ethologists argued that even learning - a paradigmatically non-instinctive kind of development - often required certain predispositions.

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Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
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the correct or accepted pronunciation of words