Definition of

Axiom

  1. (noun, communication) a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
  2. (noun, communication) (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident

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Synonyms of Axiom

maxim

Origin of the word Axiom

  1. late 15c., from M.Fr. axiome, from L. axioma, from Gk. axioma "authority," lit. "that which is thought worthy or fit," from axioun "to think worthy," from axios "worthy, worth, of like value, weighing as much," from PIE adj. *ag-ty-o- "weighty," from base *ag- "to drive, draw, move" (cf. Gk. agein "weigh, pull"). more

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