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What would be another way to say something is "The new standard"? For example "We used to use blank1 but now we use blank2 which has become [phrase here in place of the new standard]"

Definition of new standard of which I refer is:"first in importance, order, or position; leading."

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    It could be paradigm, model. – mama Feb 6 at 20:05
  • I like paradigm, cf. paradigm shift – TaliesinMerlin Feb 6 at 20:14
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    "canon" is used frequently in literary terms for the standard, and retcons will change what's canon. – Patrick Hughes Feb 6 at 20:42
  • What ideas has a thesaurus produced? – Hot Licks Feb 6 at 22:04
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    Define "new standard". If it's "first in importance, order, or position; leading." then it's premier. – Mazura Feb 6 at 22:10
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If I've understood right, you're looking for a synonym which is just one word.

  1. ... which is now preferred.

  2. ... which has become standard.

The reason "standard" works is that "become" implies that it's the new standard.

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