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[par-uh-dig-mat-ik] /ˌpær ə dɪgˈmæt ɪk/
of or relating to a paradigm.
Linguistics. pertaining to a relationship among linguistic elements that can substitute for each other in a given context, as the relationship of sun in The sun is shining to other nouns, as moon, star, or light, that could substitute for it in that sentence, or of is shining to was shining, shone, will shine, etc., as well as to is rising, is setting, etc.
Compare syntagmatic.
Also, paradigmatical.
Origin of paradigmatic
1655-65; < Greek paradeigmatikós, equivalent to paradeigmat-, stem of parádeigma paradigm + -ikos -ic
Related forms
paradigmatically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The three photographers here are from different generations with distinct, almost paradigmatic photographic sensibilities.
  • Here our experience can be regarded as a paradigmatic.
  • Or a qualitative model with paradigmatic or efficiency constraints.
  • These things have a lot more to do with maximizing income than with creating paradigmatic models.
  • Romantic art, by contrast, is a paradigmatic project of individual self-development.

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