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What’s the Plural of Schema?

Schema comes from Greek; it's original pl. n. is schemata. Nowadays either schemas or schemata are accepted as plurals of schema.

What’s the plural of “schema”?

Either schemas or schemata works as the plural of schema.

Is schema singular or plural?

Schema is singular. Schemata and schemas are the plural of schema.

What does the word schema mean?

The word and noun schema is defined in the dictionary as, “a drawing that represents an idea or theory and makes it easier to understand.”

Greek noun forms

schemaschemata or schemas
stigmastigmata or stigmas
dogmadogmata or dogmas

Examples of schema used in context

1. An accident, in this schema, is what happens when the holes in several layers of cheese line up perfectly: an aperture of atrocity.  Rhoda Feng, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2022

2. But the trading landscape can flourish once the fraternity comes together under a unified trading schema. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022

3. Just make sure to pay attention to the US sizing schema, which is slightly different, and pick whichever color suits you! Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022

4. Samsung has also changed the naming schema of its Galaxy Watch series again.

5. Even more intriguing is that Apple may implement this new design schema on the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models.  Yoni Heisler, BGR, 25 Mar. 2022

Examples of schemas/schemata used in context

1. I t is remarkable that the definition of the infallibility of the pope did not appear among the projects (schemata) prepared for the deliberations of the Vatican Council (1869).

2. At birth, schemata are reflexive in nature.

3. Piaget described and accounted for the change of schemata with accommodation.

4. Less reciprocal discourse will also activate schemata.

5. In English both schemas and schemata are used as plural forms.

Origin of the word schema

From etymonline on schema:

Plural schemata, 1796, in Kantian philosophy (“a product of the imagination intermediary between an image and a concept“), from Greek skhēma “figure, appearance, the nature of a thing”.

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  1. “Etymology of schema.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 15 January, 2023.‍
  2. Schema.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jan. 2023.

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