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Axiom

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A'xiom. n.s. [axioma, Lat. ἀξίωμα, from ἀξιόω.]

  1. A proposition evident at first sight, that cannot be made plainer by demonstration.

    Axioms, or principles more general, are such as this, that the greater good is to be chosen before the lesser. Hooker, b. i.

  2. An established principle to be granted without new proof.

    The axioms of that law, whereby natural agents are guided, have their use in the moral. Hooker, b. i.

    Their affirmations are unto us no axioms; we esteem thereof as things unsaid, and account them but in list of nothing. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. i.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Hooker, Richard (175)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Axiom." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2000.


  1. “1. A poposition evident…”

    Should read: –

    “1. A proposition evident…”

  2. Paul Baker on August 2nd, 2011 at 7:40 am
  3. Fixed. Thank you.

  4. Brandi on August 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 am

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