Part of speech: noun

A brief, practical saying; motto.

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Usage examples "maxim":

  1. Perhaps Mr. Die had something to say to them, so that the great maxim of the law was brought into play. - "Castle Richmond", Anthony Trollope.
  2. In trying to penetrate to the inner intention of a loose general maxim, we discover that what it is really intended to assert is a general connexion of attributes, and a survey of concrete cases leads to a more exact apprehension of those attributes. - "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.
  3. If we were absolutely deaf and blind in the selection, and were so from necessity, the maxim might be just. - "The Young Man's Guide", William A. Alcott.