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Whether or not Hippocrates ever actually said “First, do no harm,” the axiom is central to medical ethics.
Jakes says he believes in the axiom that the act of forgiveness is not really a gift to others as much as it is a gift to oneself.Bishop T.D. Jakes on His New Book and Whitney Houston’s Death|Allison Samuels|March 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
All special Churches have varied, and have therefore erred; but it is my first axiom that that book has never erred.Is Life Worth Living?|William Hurrell Mallock
Endurance, to excite commiseration, must be uncomplaining—an axiom the aggrieved of the gentle sex should remember.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Anyone who tries to prove an axiom, loses himself in absurdity; therefore, we should not attempt to prove the existence of God.Zones of the Spirit|August Strindberg
In this we apply the axiom of Deductive Reasoning: "Whatever is true of the whole is true of the parts."The Art of Logical Thinking|William Walker Atkinson
But no axiom can be plainer than that if two lines continually approach each other they must at length meet.Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith|Robert Patterson
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Word Origin and History for axiom
late 15c., from Middle French axiome, from Latin axioma, from Greek axioma "authority," literally "that which is thought worthy or fit," from axioun "to think worthy," from axios "worthy, worth, of like value, weighing as much," from PIE adjective *ag-ty-o- "weighty," from root *ag- "to drive, draw, move" (see act (n.)).
Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses. [Keats, letter, May 3, 1818]
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Culture definitions for axiom
In mathematics, a statement that is unproved but accepted as a basis for other statements, usually because it seems so obvious.