maxim

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noun max·im \ˈmak-səm\

Definition of maxim

  1. 1 :  a general truth, fundamental principle, or rule of conduct <Mother's favorite maxim was “Don't count your chickens before they hatch.”>

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 1567


Maxim

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biographical name Max·im \ˈmak-səm\

Definition of Maxim

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


Maxim

biographical name max·im

Definition of Maxim

  1. Hudson 1853–1927 brother of Hiram Maxim American inventor


MAXIM Defined for English Language Learners

maxim

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noun max·im \ˈmak-səm\

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

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noun max·im \ˈmak-səm\

Definition of maxim for Students

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



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