Definition of paradigmatic in English:



  • Of or denoting the relationship between a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles.

    Contrasted with syntagmatic
    • ‘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.’
    most typical, most characteristic, representative, standard, conventional, classic, model, exemplary, quintessential, prime, textbook, copybook
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