axiom

[ ak-see-uhm ]
/ ˈæk si əm /

noun

a self-evident truth that requires no proof.
a universally accepted principle or rule.
Logic, Mathematics. a proposition that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follow from it.

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Origin of axiom

1475–85; <Latin axiōma<Greek: something worthy, equivalent to axiō-, variant stem of axioûn to reckon worthy + -ma resultative noun suffix

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH axiom

1. adage, aphorism, apothegm, axiom , maxim, proverb2. assumption, axiom , premise, presumption
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British Dictionary definitions for axiom

axiom
/ (ˈæksɪəm) /

noun

a generally accepted proposition or principle, sanctioned by experience; maxim
a universally established principle or law that is not a necessary truththe axioms of politics
a self-evident statement
logic maths a statement or formula that is stipulated to be true for the purpose of a chain of reasoning: the foundation of a formal deductive systemCompare assumption (def. 4)

Word Origin for axiom

C15: from Latin axiōma a principle, from Greek, from axioun to consider worthy, from axios worthy
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Scientific definitions for axiom

axiom
[ ăksē-əm ]

A principle that is accepted as true without proof. The statement “For every two points P and Q there is a unique line that contains both P and Q” is an axiom because no other information is given about points or lines, and therefore it cannot be proven. Also called postulate
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Cultural definitions for axiom

axiom
[ (ak-see-uhm) ]

In mathematics, a statement that is unproved but accepted as a basis for other statements, usually because it seems so obvious.

notes for axiom

The term axiomatic is used generally to refer to a statement so obvious that it needs no proof.
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