# axiom

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

## axiom

self-evident truth; universally accepted principle or rule: “As sure as day follows night” is an axiom.
Not to be confused with:
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree

## ax·i·om

(ăk′sē-əm)
n.
1. A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim: "It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with goods and services" (Albert Jay Nock).
2. An established rule, principle, or law.
3. A self-evident principle or one that is accepted as true without proof as the basis for argument; a postulate.

[Middle English, from Old French axiome, from Latin axiōma, axiōmat-, from Greek, from axios, worthy; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

## axiom

(ˈæksɪəm)
n
1. (Mathematics) a generally accepted proposition or principle, sanctioned by experience; maxim
2. a universally established principle or law that is not a necessary truth: the axioms of politics.
3. (Logic) a self-evident statement
4. (Logic) logic maths a statement or formula that is stipulated to be true for the purpose of a chain of reasoning: the foundation of a formal deductive system. Compare assumption4
5. (Mathematics) logic maths a statement or formula that is stipulated to be true for the purpose of a chain of reasoning: the foundation of a formal deductive system. Compare assumption4
[C15: from Latin axiōma a principle, from Greek, from axioun to consider worthy, from axios worthy]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

## ax•i•om

(ˈæk si əm)

n.
1. a self-evident truth that requires no proof.
2. a universally accepted principle or rule.
3. a proposition in logic or mathematics that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follow from it.
[1475–85; < Latin axiōma < Greek: something worthy <axiō-, variant s. of axioûn to think worthy]

## ax·i·om

(ăk′sē-əm)
A principle that is accepted as true without proof; a postulate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 axiom - a saying that is widely accepted on its own meritsmaximlocution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm - a short pithy instructive sayinggnome - a short pithy saying expressing a general truthmoralism - a moral maxim 2 axiom - (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evidentEuclidean axiom, Euclid's axiom, Euclid's postulate - (mathematics) any of five axioms that are generally recognized as the basis for Euclidean geometrylogic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inferenceproposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

## axiom

noun the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

## axiom

noun
A broad and basic rule or truth:
Translations
بَديهِيّه، حَقيقَة مُقَرَّرَه
аксиома
axiom
aksiomgrundsætning
aksiomiperuslauseperusväiteperusväittämä
aksiom
alapigazságaxióma
lögmál, grundvallarregla
axioma
aksioma
aksioma, acīmredzama patiesība
axióma
aksiom
axiom
aksiyombelit

## axiom

[ˈæksɪəm] N
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

## axiom

[ˈæksiəm] n
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

## axiom

nAxiom nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

## axiom

[ˈæksɪəm] n
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

## axiom

(ˈӕksiəm) noun
a fact or statement which is definitely true and accepted as a principle or rule.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
His wife visited for him, and this was the received thing in the world, where the weighty and multifarious occupations of the magistrate were accepted as an excuse for what was really only calculated pride, a manifestation of professed superiority -- in fact, the application of the axiom, "Pretend to think well of yourself, and the world will think well of you," an axiom a hundred times more useful in society nowadays than that of the Greeks, "Know thyself," a knowledge for which, in our days, we have substituted the less difficult and more advantageous science of knowing others.
And if there are some who think that a prince who conveys an impression of his wisdom is not so through his own ability, but through the good advisers that he has around him, beyond doubt they are deceived, because this is an axiom which never fails: that a prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice, unless by chance he has yielded his affairs entirely to one person who happens to be a very prudent man.
All this very plausible reasoning does not convince me, as it has not convinced the wisest of our Statesmen, that our ancestors erred in laying it down as an axiom of policy that the toleration of Irregularity is incompatible with the safety of the State.
It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill.
And quite enchanted with his joke, the ferocious Orangeman took his cresset and his keys to conduct Cornelius to the cell, which on that very morning Cornelius de Witt had left to go into exile, or what in revolutionary times is meant instead by those sublime philosophers who lay it down as an axiom of high policy, "It is the dead only who do not return."
It obeyed no known laws of physics, and overthrew the hoary axiom that like things performed to like things produce like results.
Louis XIV., to whom his mother had taught this axiom, together with many others, understood at once that the cardinal must be very ill.
Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.
So far is the general sense of mankind from corresponding with the tenets of those who endeavor to lull asleep our apprehensions of discord and hostility between the States, in the event of disunion, that it has from long observation of the progress of society become a sort of axiom in politics, that vicinity or nearness of situation, constitutes nations natural enemies.
May it not be that Mother Nature may deliberately encourage decrease as well as increase--that it may be an axiom that what is gained in concentration is lost in size?
We shall not even take the trouble to demonstrate this, for it is an axiom in morals, as in physics.
In the jungle might is right, nor does it take long to inculcate this axiom in the mind of a jungle dweller, regardless of what his past training may have been.

Site: Follow: Share:
Open / Close