Definition of paradigmatic in English:



  • 1Of the nature of a paradigm or model.

    ‘they offer this database as a paradigmatic example’
    • ‘The classical theatre-temple as paradigmatic architectural work crystallises the nature of chora and the labyrinth as a condensed symbol of human life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three paradigmatic patterns shown in Fig.4 represent the different types of response observed following a treatment with exogenous ethylene.’
  • 2Of or denoting the relationship between a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles.

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