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Definition: Paradigm


Quick Summary of Paradigm

In science and philosophy, a paradigm is a distinct set of concepts or thought patterns, including theories, research methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes legitimate contributions to a field.

What is the dictionary definition of Paradigm?

Dictionary Definition

  1. A system of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.
  2. An example serving as a model or pattern; a template.
  3. linguistics A set of all forms which contain a common element, especially the set of all inflectional forms of a word or a particular grammatical category.

Full Definition of Paradigm

An Intellectual perception or view, accepted by an individual or a society as a clear example, model, or pattern of how things work in the world. This term was used first by the US science theorist & historian Thomas Kuhn (1922-96) in his 1962 book ‘The Structure Of Scientific Revolution’ to refer to theoretical frameworks within which all scientific thinking and practices operate. See also a paradigm shift.

Synonyms For Paradigm

model, exemplar, pattern, example, archetype

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Paradigm. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: December 01, 2022).
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Paradigm are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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