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# axiom

## CIDE DICTIONARY

**axiom**, n. [L.

*axioma*, Gr. that which is thought worthy, that which is assumed, a basis of demonstration, a principle, fr. to think worthy, fr. worthy, weighing as much as; cf. to lead, drive, also to weigh so much: cf F.

*axiome*. See Agent,

- A self-evident and necessary truth, or a proposition whose truth is so evident as first sight that no reasoning or demonstration can make it plainer; a proposition which it is necessary to take for granted; as, “The whole is greater than a part;” “A thing can not, at the same time, be and not be.” [
*1913 Webster*] - An established principle in some art or science, which, though not a necessary truth, is universally received; as, the axioms of political economy. [
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## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**axiom**, n.

1 an established or widely accepted principle.

2 esp. Geom. a self-evident truth.

Etymology

F axiome or L axioma f. Gk axioma axiomat- f. axios worthy

## THESAURUS

**axiom**

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## ROGET THESAURUS

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### Maxim

**N**maxim, aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm, dictum, saying, adage, saw, proverb, sentence, mot, motto, word, byword, moral, phylactery, protasis, axiom, theorem, scholium, truism, postulate, first principles, a priori fact, assumption (supposition), reflection, conclusion, golden rule, principle, principia, profession of faith, settled principle, accepted principle, formula, accepted fact, received truth, wise maxim, sage maxim, received maxim, admitted maxim, recognized maxim, true saying, common saying, hackneyed saying, trite saying, commonplace saying, aphoristic, proverbial, phylacteric, axiomatic, gnomic, as the saying goes, as the saying is, as they say.

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