Meaning of AXIOM
Pronunciation:   'akseeum



WordNet Dictionary 

 Definition:  
 [n] (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be selfevident
 [n] a saying that widely accepted on its own merits


AXIOM is a 5 letter word that starts with A. 
 Synonyms:   maxim 

 See Also:   aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, expression, gnome, locution, moralism, proposition, saying  
Webster's 1913 Dictionary 

 Definition:   \Ax"i*om\, n. [L. axioma, Gr. ? that which is thought
worthy, that which is assumed, a basis of demonstration, a
principle, fr. ? to think worthy, fr. ? worthy, weighing as
much as; cf. ? to lead, drive, also to weigh so much: cf F.
axiome. See {Agent}, a.]
1. (Logic & Math.) A selfevident and necessary truth, or a
proposition whose truth is so evident as first sight that
no reasoning or demonstration can make it plainer; a
proposition which it is necessary to take for granted; as,
``The whole is greater than a part;'' ``A thing can not,
at the same time, be and not be.''
2. An established principle in some art or science, which,
though not a necessary truth, is universally received; as,
the axioms of political economy.
Syn: {Axiom}, {Maxim}, {Aphorism}, {Adage}.
Usage: An axiom is a selfevident truth which is taken for
granted as the basis of reasoning. A maxim is a
guiding principle sanctioned by experience, and
relating especially to the practical concerns of life.
An aphorism is a short sentence pithily expressing
some valuable and general truth or sentiment. An adage
is a saying of longestablished authority and of
universal application.


Computing Dictionary 

 Definition:  
A commercially available subset of scratchpad, from ibm. ["Axiom  The Scientific Computing System", R. Jenks et al, Springer 1992].
A wellformed formula which is taken to be true without proof in the construction of a theory. Compare: lemma.


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