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axiom (n.)

"statement of self-evident truth," late 15c., from French axiome, from Latin axioma, from Greek axioma "authority," literally "that which is thought worthy or fit," from axioun "to think worthy," from axios "worthy, worth, of like value, weighing as much" (from PIE adjective *ag-ty-o- "weighty," from root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move").

Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses. [Keats, letter, May 3, 1818]

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Definitions of axiom from WordNet

axiom (n.)
a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits;
Synonyms: maxim
axiom (n.)
(logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident;
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