axiom
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈaks.ɪ.əm/
  • (GA) enPR: ăk'sēəm, IPA: /ˈæks.i.əm/
Noun

axiom (plural axioms) (the latter is becoming less common and is sometimes considered archaic)

  1. (philosophy) A seemingly self-evident or necessary truth which is based on assumption; a principle or proposition which cannot actually be proved or disproved.
  2. (logic, mathematics, proof theory) A fundamental assumption that serves as a basis for deduction of theorems; a postulate (sometimes distinguished from postulates as being universally applicable, whereas postulates are particular to a certain science or context).
  3. An established principle in some artistic practice or science that is universally received.
    The axioms of political economy cannot be considered absolute truths.
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