Definition of paradigm shift in English:

paradigm shift

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  • A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions: geophysical evidence supporting Wegener’s theory led to a rapid paradigm shift in the earth sciences
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    • 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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