• A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct. <i>synonym</i>: <strong> saying</strong>.
  • A proposition serving as a rule or guide; a summary statement of an established or accepted principle; a pithy expression of a general rule of conduct or action, whether true or false: as, the <em>maxims</em> of religion or of law; the <em>maxims</em> of worldly wisdom or of avarice; ethical <em>maxims.</em>
  • In <em>logic</em>, the rule of a commonplace; an ultimate major premise.
  • An axiom.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="maxima">maxima</internalXref><strong>.</strong>
  • An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.
  • The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.
  • A self-evident <xref>axiom</xref> or <xref>premise</xref>; a <xref>pithy</xref> expression of a general principle or rule.
  • A <xref>precept</xref>; a <xref>succinct</xref> <xref>statement</xref> or <xref>observation</xref> of a <xref>rule</xref> of <xref>conduct</xref> or moral teaching.
  • English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
  • a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
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