ax·​i·​om·​at·​ic | \ ˌak-sē-ə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce axiomatic (audio) \

Definition of axiomatic

1 : taken for granted : self-evident an axiomatic truth
2 : based on or involving an axiom or system of axioms axiomatic set theory

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axiomatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce axiomatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for axiomatic


prima facie, self-evident

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An axiom is a principle widely accepted on the basis of its intrinsic merit or one regarded as self-evidently true. A statement that is axiomatic therefore, is one against which few people would argue. "Axiomatic" entered English from Middle Greek axiōmatikos, and "axiom" derived via Latin from Greek axiōma ("something worthy") and "axios" ("worthy"). The word axiom can also refer to a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference. Such axioms are often employed in discussions of philosophy, as well as in mathematics and geometry (where they are sometimes called postulates).

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It is axiomatic that good athletes have a strong mental attitude. it's axiomatic that the instinct for self-preservation is universal throughout the animal kingdom

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First Known Use of axiomatic

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for axiomatic

Middle Greek axiōmatikos, from Greek, honorable, from axiōmat-, axiōma — see axiom

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English Language Learners Definition of axiomatic

formal : obviously true

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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