Paradigm
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\ˈper-ə-ˌdīm,\
Etymology : from Greek paradeigma, from paradeiknynai to show side by side, from para- + deiknynai to show[1]
Function : noun

1. Since the late 1960s, the word paradigm (IPA: /ˈpærədaɪm/) has referred to a thought pattern in any scientific discipline or other epistemological context. Initially the word was specific to grammar: the 1900 Merriam-Webster dictionary defines its technical use only in the context of grammar or, in rhetoric, as a term for an illustrative parable or fable. In linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure used paradigm to refer to a class of elements with similarities.[2]

2. Within science, researchers tend to ignore findings that may threaten an existing paradigm, or the conception of a new and competing paradigm.

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