- The definition of maxim is a statement of a philosophy or a guiding principle.
An example of a maxim is to do unto others as you want others to do unto you.
The book of Proverbs is full of possible maxims.
maxim definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English maxime ; from Middle French ; from Midieval Latin maxima ; from Late Latin maxima (propositio), the greatest (premise), feminine of Classical Latin maximus, greatest, superlative of magnus, great: see magni-
Origin: after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
- Maxim, Hiram Percy 1869-1936; U.S. inventor: son of Sir Hiram
- Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens 1840-1916; Brit. engineer & inventor of weapons & explosives, born in the U.S.
- Maxim, Hudson 1853-1927; U.S. chemist & inventor of explosives: brother of Sir Hiram
maxim definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle 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.
, Sir Hiram Stevens 1840-1916.
maxim - Legal Definition