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Definition of maxim:

  1. An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.
  2. The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.


dictum, apothegm, sir hiram stevens maxim, truism, axiom, epithet, byword, study at saying, precept, aphorism, words.

Usage examples:

  • Who has taught you this maxim?

    - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  • My husband had a friend, Maxim Krisstyan, of whom he was very fond.

    - "Timar's Two Worlds", Mór Jókai.
  • This maxim was readily adopted.

    - "Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers", Various.