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noun max·im \ ˈmak-səm \

Definition of maxim

1 :a general truth, fundamental principle, or rule of conduct
  • Mother's favorite maxim was "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
2 :a proverbial saying
  • advised her daughter with the maxim "marry in haste, repent at leisure"

Examples of maxim in a Sentence

  1. it's a common maxim that a watched pot never boils, but that's not literally true

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Origin and Etymology of maxim

Middle English maxime, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin maxima, from Latin, feminine of maximus, superlative of magnus large — more at much


Maxim

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biographical name Max·im \ ˈmak-səm \

Definition of Maxim

Sir Hiram Stevens 1840–1916 British (American-born) inventor

Maxim

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Definition of Maxim

Hudson 1853–1927 brother of Hiram Maxim American inventor

MAXIM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of maxim for English Language Learners

  • : a well-known phrase that expresses a general truth about life or a rule about behavior


MAXIM Defined for Kids

maxim

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noun max·im \ ˈmak-səm \

Definition of maxim for Students

:a short saying (as “live and let live”) expressing a general truth or rule of conduct


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