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axiom

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noun ax·i·om \ˈak-sē-əm\

Simple Definition of axiom

  • : a rule or principle that many people accept as true

Full Definition of axiom

  1. 1 :  a maxim widely accepted on its intrinsic merit

  2. 2 :  a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference :  postulate 1

  3. 3 :  an established rule or principle or a self-evident truth

Examples of axiom

  1. one of the key axioms of the theory of evolution



Origin of axiom

Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma, literally, something worthy, from axioun to think worthy, from axios worth, worthy; akin to Greek agein to weigh, drive — more at agent


First Known Use: 15th century



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