paradigm shift


paradigm shift
paradigm shift noun
A radical change in one's assumptions or way of thinking
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Main Entry:paradigm

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noun, pl ⋯ shifts [count]
formal : an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way

This discovery will bring about a paradigm shift in our understanding of evolution. [=will cause people to understand evolution in a completely new way]

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ˈparadigm shift 7 noun
a great and important change in the way sth is done or thought about

Wegener's theory led to a paradigm shift in the earth sciences.

I could convince only a few of my colleagues of the need for a revolution, a paradigm shift.

 
Word Origin:
[paradigm shift] 1970s: term used in the writings of Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–96), philosopher of science.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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