[thee-er-uh m, theer-uh m]
- 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.
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
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Examples from the Web for theorem
Plutarch mentions a doubt whether it was this problem or the theorem of Eucl.The Legacy of Greece
Why, Euclid would have theorem'd it out for you at a glance at the trio.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
The period passed like a moment, as theorem after theorem was disposed of.Peggy
Laura E. Richards
This theorem is called generally the principle of Archimedes.
Now, to proceed in this way with what may be called Mr. Hume's theorem.Supernatural Religion, Vol. I. (of III)
Walter Richard Cassels
- maths logic a statement or formula that can be deduced from the axioms of a formal system by means of its rules of inference
C16: from Late Latin theōrēma, from Greek: something to be viewed, from theōrein to view
Word Origin and History for theorem
1550s, from Middle French théorème, from Late Latin theorema, from Greek theorema "spectacle, speculation," in Euclid "proposition to be proved," from theorein "to consider" (see theory).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An idea that is demonstrably true or is assumed to be so.
- A mathematical proposition that has been or is to be proved on the basis of explicit assumptions.
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- A mathematical statement whose truth can be proved on the basis of a given set of axioms or assumptions.
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