Definition of maxim
- Mother's favorite maxim was "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
- advised her daughter with the maxim "marry in haste, repent at leisure"
it's a common maxim that “a watched pot never boils,” but that's not literally true
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: a well-known phrase that expresses a general truth about life or a rule about behavior
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