Origin of maximMiddle English maxime from Middle French from Medieval Latin maxima from Late Latin maxima (propositio), the greatest (premise), feminine of Classical Latin maximus, greatest, superlative of magnus, great: see magni-
The book of Proverbs is full of possible maxims.
An example of a maxim is to do unto others as you want others to do unto you.
Origin of Maximafter H. S. Maxim
- 1869-1936; U.S. inventor: son of Sir Hiram
- 1840-1916; Brit. engineer & inventor of weapons & explosives, born in the U.S.
- 1853-1927; U.S. chemist & inventor of explosives: brother of Sir Hiram
Origin of maximMiddle English maxime from Old French from Medieval Latin maxima from maxima (prōpositiō) greatest (premise) feminine of Latin maximus greatest ; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
From Anglo-Norman maxime and Middle French maxime, from Late Latin maxima (“axiom"), noun use of the feminine singular form of Latin maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").
- The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.
After the inventor Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916).
maxim - Legal Definition
- Maxim, like Langley, employed a staff of highly skilled workmen.
- It was a maxim of the Sikhs of his time: "If any one treat you ill, bear it.
- This last was the collection first known and chiefly used in the West during the middle ages; and of its 134 only 97 have been written on by the glossatores or medieval commentators; these therefore alone have been received as binding in those countries which recognize and obey the Roman law, - according to the maxim Quicquid non agnoscit glossa, nec agnoscit curia.
- " I am not conscious," says he, " of having ever bought a book from a motive of ostentation; every volume, before it was deposited on the shelf, was either read or sufficiently examined "; he also mentions that he soon adopted the tolerating maxim of the elder Pliny, that no book is ever so bad as to be absolutely good for nothing.
- So, too, in his great maxim " bear and forbear," the last is a command to refrain from the external advantages.