One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of the nature of a paradigm or model.‘they offer this database as a paradigmatic example’
- ‘The three paradigmatic patterns shown in Fig.4 represent the different types of response observed following a treatment with exogenous ethylene.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If prediction and explanation are paradigmatic of scientific understanding, it appears that agent causation neither contributes to nor detracts from such understanding.’
- ‘The classical theatre-temple as paradigmatic architectural work crystallises the nature of chora and the labyrinth as a condensed symbol of human life.’
- ‘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.’
2Of or denoting the relationship between a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles.Contrasted with syntagmatic
most typical, most characteristic, representative, standard, conventional, classic, model, exemplary, quintessential, prime, textbook, copybookView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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