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paradigm shift

noun [C] uk   formal us  
a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completelyChange and changes
(Definition of paradigm shift from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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