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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Late Latin
Origin: paradigma, from Greek paradeigma, from paradeiknynai 'to show side by side'

paradigm

noun
     
par‧a‧digm [countable]
1 technical a model or example that shows how something works or is produced
paradigm of
the basic paradigm of the family tree
2 formal a very clear or typical example of something
paradigm of
Pius XII remained the paradigm of what a pope should be.
paradigmatic adjective
paradigmatically adverb

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