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a theorem of set theory that if every totally ordered subset of a nonempty partially ordered set has an upper bound, then there is an element in the set such that the set contains no element greater than the specified given element.
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Origin of Zorn's lemma
First recorded in 1945–50; named after Max August Zorn (1906–93), German mathematician
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