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max·im

 (măk′sĭm)
n.
A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct. See Synonyms at saying.

[Middle English maxime, from Old French, from Medieval Latin maxima, from maxima (prōpositiō), greatest (premise), feminine of Latin maximus, greatest; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

maxim

(ˈmæksɪm)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
[C15: via French from Medieval Latin, from maxima, in the phrase maxima prōpositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum]

Maxim

(ˈmæksɪm)
n
(Biography) Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US

max•im

(ˈmæk sɪm)

n.
1. an expression of a general truth or principle, esp. an aphoristic or sententious one.
2. a principle or rule of conduct.
[1400–50; « Medieval Latin maxima < Latin maximus, superlative of magnus, great]
syn: See proverb.

Max•im

(ˈmæk sɪm)

n.
1. Sir Hiram Stevens, 1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.
2. his brother, Hudson, 1853–1927, U.S. inventor.

maxim

a short, pithy statement that serves as a motto. — maximist, n.
See also: Proverbs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm - a short pithy instructive saying
gnome - a short pithy saying expressing a general truth
moralism - a moral maxim
2.maxim - English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)Maxim - English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)

maxim

noun saying, motto, adage, proverb, rule, saw, gnome, dictum, axiom, aphorism, byword, apophthegm I believe in the maxim 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

maxim

noun
A usually pithy and familiar statement expressing an observation or principle generally accepted as wise or true:
Translations
قاعِدَه
aforismusmravní zásadarčení
grundsætningleveregel
spakmæli
maksimasentencija
principssentence
maxima
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[ˈmæksɪm] nmassima

maxim

(ˈmaksim) noun
a saying, general truth or rule giving a guide to good behaviour. `He who hesitates is lost' is a well-known maxim.
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