Maxim meaning

măksĭm
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A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.
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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.

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A key principle of law that has been repeated so often it has become a commonplace expression.
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A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.
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The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.
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(now rare) A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.
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A concisely expressed principle or rule of conduct, or a statement of a general truth.
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An early, single-barreled, automatic machine gun.
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(person) 1869-1936; U.S. inventor: son of Sir Hiram.
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(person) 1840-1916; Brit. engineer & inventor of weapons & explosives, born in the U.S.
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(person) 1853-1927; U.S. chemist & inventor of explosives: brother of Sir Hiram.
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Origin of maxim

  • Middle English maxime from Old French from Medieval Latin maxima from maxima (prōpositiō) greatest (premise) feminine of Latin maximus greatest meg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • After the inventor Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916).

    From Wiktionary