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axiom

noun

  1. (saying)  a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    Synonyms: maxim. Type of: saying
  2. (system of logic)  a proposition that isn't susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident
    Topic: system of logic. Type of: proposition

Etymology summary

Middle French axiome, from Ancient Greek ἀξίωμα (aksiōma, "that which is thought...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Axiom | postulate

a premise or starting point of reasoning. As classically conceived, an axiom is a premise so evident as to be accepted as true without controversy. The word comes from the Greek ἀξίωμα 'that which is thought worthy or fit,' or 'that which... (42 of 4641 words)

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Axiom (disambiguation)

a self-evident proposition in mathematics and epistemology. Axiom may also refer to: Axiom (Australian band), a 1970s Australian rock band featuring Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock | Axiom (record label), best known for Bill Laswell releases | Axiom ... (36 of 197 words, 13 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

axiom | maxim [synonym, sense-specific]

a generally accepted proposition or principle, sanctioned by experience; maxim | a universally established principle or law that is not a necessary ... (21 of 509 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/axiom

Columbia Encyclopedia:

axiom | postulate

in mathematics and logic, general statement accepted without proof as the basis for logically deducing other statements (theorems). Examples of axioms ... (21 of 265 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0805499​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

axiom

in logic, an indemonstrable first principle, rule, or maxim, that has found general acceptance or is thought worthy of common acceptance whether by ... (23 of 243 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/46193​/axiom

Merriam-Webster:

axiom | postulate [sense-specific, synonym]

a maxim widely accepted on its intrinsic merit | a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference; "postulate" [sense-specific] | ... (22 of 98 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/axiom

Wiktionary:

axiom | axioms [plural] | axioma [rare, synonym, sense-specific] | axiom of choice [subtype, sense-specific] | completeness axiom [subtype, sense-specific] | parallel axiom [subtype, sense-specific] | well-formed formula [types, sense-specific] | wff [types, sense-specific] | WFF [types, sense-specific]

[philosophy] A seemingly self-evident or necessary truth which is based on assumption; a principle or proposition which cannot actually be proved or disproved. | [math, logic, proof theory] A fundamental assumption that serves as a basis for deduction... (37 of 89 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/axiom

New World Dictionary:

axiom

a statement universally accepted as true; maxim | an established principle or law of a science, art, etc. | [logic, math] a statement or proposition ... (23 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/axiom

American Heritage Dictionary:

axiom

A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim | An established rule, principle, or law. | A self-evident principle or one that is accepted ... (22 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

axiom

a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true | [math] : a statement or proposition on which an ... (23 of 74 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/axiom

Cambridge Dictionary:

axiom

[formal] a statement or principle which is generally accepted to be true, but need not be so | [specialized] a formal statement or principle in ... (24 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/axiom

Random House Dictionary:

axiom

a self-evident truth that requires no proof. | a universally accepted principle or rule. | [logic, math] a proposition that is assumed without proof ... (22 of 40 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

axiom [countable] | axioms [plural]

a statement that is generally believed to be obvious or true (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/axiom

Encarta Dictionary:

axiom | axioms [plural]

a statement or idea that people accept as self-evidently true | a basic proposition of a system that, although unproven, is used to prove the other ... (25 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588052​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

axiom | axioms [plural]

Origin: Middle French axiome, from Ancient Greek ἀξίωμα (aksiōma, "that which is thought to fit, a requisite, that which a pupil is required to know beforehand, a self-evident principle"), from ἀξίοῦν... (30 of 56 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

axiom

First use: late 15th century

Origin: Middle French axiome, from Latin axioma, from Greek axioma "authority", literally "that which is thought worthy or fit", from ... (22 of 53 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

axiom

Origin: French axiome from Latin axioma from Greek axiōma, authority, authoritative sentence from axioun, to think worthy from ... (17 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/axiom

Merriam-Webster:

axiom

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma, literally, something worthy, from axioun to think worthy, from axios worth, worthy; akin ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/axiom

American Heritage Dictionary:

axiom

Origin: Middle English, from Old French axiome, from Latin axiōma, axiōmat-, from Greek, from axios, worthy; see ag- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/axiom

Oxford Dictionary:

axiom

First use: late 15th century

Origin: French axiome or Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma "what is thought fitting", from axios "worthy"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/axiom

Collins Dictionary:

axiom

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin axiōma a principle, from Greek, from axioun to consider worthy, from axios worthy

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/axiom

Encarta Dictionary:

axiom | axioms [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin axioma from Greek axiōma "something worthy" from axios "weighty, worthy"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588052​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

axiom | axioms [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

axiom

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Cambridge Dictionary:

axiom

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

axiom [countable] | axioms [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

axiom [countable] | axioms [plural]

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the Free Dictionary:

axiom

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Google Dictionary:

axiom | axioms [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

axiom

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

Axiom

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