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Meaning of paradigm

par•a•digm

Pronunciation: (par'u-dīm", -dim), [key]
— n.
    1. a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, esp. the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme.
    2. a display in fixed arrangement of such a set, as boy, boy's, boys, boys'.
  1. an example serving as a model; pattern.
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