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Meaning of AXIOM

Pronunciation:  'akseeum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident
  2. [n]  a saying that widely accepted on its own merits

AXIOM is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: maxim
 See Also: aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, expression, gnome, locution, moralism, proposition, saying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ax"i*om\, n. [L. axioma, Gr. ? that which is thought
worthy, that which is assumed, a basis of demonstration, a
principle, fr. ? to think worthy, fr. ? worthy, weighing as
much as; cf. ? to lead, drive, also to weigh so much: cf F.
axiome. See {Agent}, a.]
1. (Logic & Math.) A self-evident and necessary truth, or a
   proposition whose truth is so evident as first sight that
   no reasoning or demonstration can make it plainer; a
   proposition which it is necessary to take for granted; as,
   ``The whole is greater than a part;'' ``A thing can not,
   at the same time, be and not be.''

2. An established principle in some art or science, which,
   though not a necessary truth, is universally received; as,
   the axioms of political economy.

Syn: {Axiom}, {Maxim}, {Aphorism}, {Adage}.

Usage: An axiom is a self-evident truth which is taken for
       granted as the basis of reasoning. A maxim is a
       guiding principle sanctioned by experience, and
       relating especially to the practical concerns of life.
       An aphorism is a short sentence pithily expressing
       some valuable and general truth or sentiment. An adage
       is a saying of long-established authority and of
       universal application.

Computing Dictionary
  1. A commercially available subset of scratchpad, from ibm.

    ["Axiom - The Scientific Computing System", R. Jenks et al, Springer 1992].

  2. A well-formed formula which is taken to be true without proof in the construction of a theory.

    Compare: lemma.

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