# theorem

[ thee-er-uh m, theer-uh m ]

/ ˈθi ər əm, ˈθɪər əm /

### 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.

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## 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

Related formsthe·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

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## 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 Formstheorematic (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

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## Word Origin and History for theorem

## 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).

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## Medicine definitions for theorem

## theorem

[ thē′ər-əm, thîr′əm ]

### n.

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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## Science 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.

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## Culture 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.

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