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 for paradigm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Paradigm \Par"a*digm\, n. [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr.
     ?, fr. ? to show by the side of, to set up as an example;
     para` beside + ? to show. See Para-, and Diction.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. An example; a model; a pattern. [R.] "The paradigms and
        patterns of all things." --Cudworth.
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     2. (Gram.) An example of a conjugation or declension, showing
        a word in all its different forms of inflection.
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     3. (Rhet.) An illustration, as by a parable or fable.
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     4. (Science) A theory providing a unifying explanation for a
        set of phenomena in some field, which serves to suggest
        methods to test the theory and develop a fuller
        understanding of the topic, and which is considered useful
        until it is be replaced by a newer theory providing more
        accurate explanations or explanations for a wider range of
        [PJC] Paradigmatic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
      2: a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good
         breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good
         father" [syn: prototype, paradigm, epitome, image]
      3: the class of all items that can be substituted into the same
         position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in
         paradigmatic relation with one another) [syn: substitution
         class, paradigm]
      4: the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline
         at a given time; "he framed the problem within the
         psychoanalytic paradigm"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "paradigm":
     IC analysis, accidence, affix, affixation, allomorph, antetype,
     antitype, archetype, beau ideal, biotype, bound morpheme,
     classic example, conjugation, criterion, cutting, declension,
     derivation, difference of form, enclitic, epitome, example,
     exemplar, formative, free form, fugleman, fugler, genotype, ideal,
     imitatee, immediate constituent analysis, infix, infixation,
     inflection, lead, mirror, model, morph, morpheme,
     morphemic analysis, morphemics, morphology, morphophonemics,
     original, pattern, precedent, prefix, prefixation, proclitic,
     prototype, radical, representative, root, rule, standard, stem,
     suffix, suffixation, theme, type, type species, type specimen,
     urtext, word-formation

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