# axiom

[ak-see-uh m]

### 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.

## Origin of axiom

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

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## Related Words for axiom

aphorism, dictum, maxim, precept, adage, theorem, proverb, saying, fundamental, truism, apothegm, proposition, moral, truth, device, postulate, law## Examples from the Web for axiom

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### Historical Examples of axiom

It is an axiom in all progress that the more we conquer the more easily we conquer.

The Conquest of FearBasil King

That the half may be better than the whole in travel is an axiom verified every day.

The Roof of FranceMatilda Betham-Edwards

In the practice of law this axiom is not yet generally accepted.

The Sexual QuestionAugust Forel

It's an axiom, I think, that to heighten a nation's wisdom you must lower its franchise.

The Stark Munro LettersJ. Stark Munro

So convinced am I of the truth of this axiom, that I should not die easy if I had not told it.

Arthur O'LearyCharles James Lever

## axiom

### noun

## Word Origin for axiom

C15: from Latin axiōma a principle, from Greek, from axioun to consider worthy, from axios worthy

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## axiom

[ăk′sē-əm]

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## axiom

[(ak-see-uhm)]

## Note

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

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