This shows grade level based on the word's complexity.

# theorem

[ thee-er-uhm, theer-uhm ]

/ ˈθi ər əm, ˈθɪər əm /

Save This Word!

This shows grade level based on the word's complexity.

noun

Mathematics. a theoretical proposition, statement, or formula embodying something to be proved from other propositions or formulas.

a rule or law, especially one expressed by an equation or formula.

Logic. a proposition that can be deduced from the premises or assumptions of a system.

an idea, belief, method, or statement generally accepted as true or worthwhile without proof.

QUIZ

ALL IN FAVO(U)R OF THIS BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH QUIZ

There's an ocean of difference between the way people speak English in the US vs. the UK. Are your language skills up to the task of telling the difference? Let's find out!

Question 1 of 7

True or false? British English and American English are only different when it comes to slang words.

## Origin of theorem

1545–55; <Late Latin theōrēma<Greek theṓrēma spectacle, hence, subject for contemplation, thesis (to be proved), equivalent to theōrē-, variant stem of theōreîn to view + -ma noun suffix

## OTHER WORDS FROM theorem

the·o·re·mat·ic [thee-er-uh-mat-ik, theer-uh-], /ˌθi ər əˈmæt ɪk, ˌθɪər ə-/, adjectivethe·o·re·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb## Words nearby theorem

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

## How to use theorem in a sentence

## British Dictionary definitions for theorem

theorem

/ (ˈθɪərəm) /

noun

maths logic a statement or formula that can be deduced from the axioms of a formal system by means of its rules of inference

## Derived forms of theorem

theorematic (ˌθɪərəˈmætɪk) or theoremic (ˌθɪəˈrɛmɪk), adjectivetheorematically, adverb## Word Origin for theorem

C16: from Late Latin theōrēma, from Greek: something to be viewed, from theōrein to view

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

## Scientific definitions for theorem

theorem

[ thē′ər-əm, thîr′əm ]

A mathematical statement whose truth can be proved on the basis of a given set of axioms or assumptions.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

## Cultural definitions for theorem

theorem

[ (thee-uh-ruhm, theer-uhm) ]

A statement in mathematics that is not a basic assumption, such as an axiom, but is deduced (see deduction) from basic assumptions.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.