axiom of choice

noun phrase

Definition of axiom of choice

: an axiom in set theory that is equivalent to Zorn's lemma: for every collection of nonempty sets there is a function which chooses an element from each set

First Known Use of axiom of choice

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Axiom of choice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axiom%20of%20choice. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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