noun. I. a model, trend, or representative example, as of the operations and interrelationships of a procedure, an action being analyzed, or the like. 2. an experimental construct or format of the many steps of an experiment. 3. a grammatical class or a compilation of all inflectional formations of a term. 4. a group of presumptions, outlooks, ideas, morals, processes, and methods which constitute a typically approved theoretical framework within, or a typical understanding of, a discipline.
PARADIGM: "Most students first hear of paradigms in algebra before they ever reference them with science of any nature."