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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
özdeyişvecize

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[ˈmæksɪm] Nmáxima f

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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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One of the principal objections inculcated by the more respectable adversaries to the Constitution, is its supposed violation of the political maxim, that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments ought to be separate and distinct.
Whether the captain acted by this maxim, I will not positively determine: so far we may confidently say, that his actions may be fairly derived from this diabolical principle; and indeed it is difficult to assign any other motive to them: for no sooner was he possessed of Miss Bridget, and reconciled to Allworthy, than he began to show a coldness to his brother which increased daily; till at length it grew into rudeness, and became very visible to every one.
My second maxim was to be as firm and resolute in my actions as I was able, and not to adhere less steadfastly to the most doubtful opinions, when once adopted, than if they had been highly certain; imitating in this the example of travelers who, when they have lost their way in a forest, ought not to wander from side to side, far less remain in one place, but proceed constantly towards the same side in as straight a line as possible, without changing their direction for slight reasons, although perhaps it might be chance alone which at first determined the selection; for in this way, if they do not exactly reach the point they desire, they will come at least in the end to some place that will probably be preferable to the middle of a forest.
It was a fundamental maxim of the Lacedaemonian commonwealth, that the post of admiral should not be conferred twice on the same person.
After what has been said, it follows that we should now show what particular form of government is most suitable for particular persons; first laying this down as a general maxim, that that party which desires to support the actual administration of the state ought always to be superior to that which would alter it.
Tis a maxim tremendous, but trite: And you'd best be unpacking the things that you need To rig yourselves out for the fight.
Meanwhile, he cast his eyes over that unfortunate city, which contained so much deep misery and so many heroic virtues, and recalling the saying of Louis XI, his political predecessor, as he himself was the predecessor of Robespierre, he repeated this maxim of Tristan's gossip: "Divide in order to reign.
Surely the criticism which has been directed against this maxim must all fall to the ground when it is remembered, once and for all, that Nietzsche's teaching was never intended to be other than an esoteric one.
According to the maxim "same cause, same effect," we cannot therefore regard the peat-smoke alone as the cause of your recollection, since it does not have the same effect in other cases.
Therefore, since my acquaintance were pleased to think my poor endeavours might not be unacceptable to my country, I imposed on myself, as a maxim never to be swerved from, that I would strictly adhere to truth; neither indeed can I be ever under the least temptation to vary from it, while I retain in my mind the lectures and example of my noble master and the other illustrious HOUYHNHNMS of whom I had so long the honour to be an humble hearer.
Come, if one can't always eat, one can always drink -- a maxim of poor Athos, the truth of which I have discovered since I began to be lonely.
It dealt in moral and practical maxims, in information on technical subjects which are of service in daily life -- agriculture, astronomy, augury, and the calendar -- in matters of religion and in tracing the genealogies of men.