What does the word maxim mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by William A. Alcott