paradigm

  

Definition

Intellectual perception or view, accepted by an individual or a society as a clear example, model, or pattern of how things work in the world. This term was used first by the US science theorist & historian Thomas Kuhn (1922-96) in his 1962 book 'The Structure Of Scientific Revolution' to refer to theoretical frameworks within which all scientific thinking and practices operate. See also paradigm shift.

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  • The office environment was stifling and discouraging, as the paradigm that they operated in was one of tradition, that ignored new ideas in favor of doing things the way they had always been done.

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  • The paradigm for declaring war on another country shifted from one of offense, in order to gain territory, to one of preventing future wars.

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  • As technological innovation continues, there is a paradigm shift as we change the way we think and act.

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