What does the word maxim mean?

Usage examples for maxim

  1. 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 by William Minto
  2. 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 by William A. Alcott
  3. Perhaps Mr. Die had something to say to them, so that the great maxim of the law was brought into play. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope