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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Maxim \Max"im\, noun [F. maxime, L. maxima (sc. sententia), the greatest sentence, proposition, or axiom, i. e., of the greatest weight or authority, fem. fr. maximus greatest, superl. of magnus great. See {Magnitude}, and cf. {Maximum}.]

1. An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.

'T is their maxim, Love is love's reward. --Dryden.

2. (Mus.) The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.

Syn: Axiom; aphorism; apothegm; adage; proverb; saying. See {Axiom}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

maxim

noun

1: a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits [syn: {maxim}, {axiom}]

2: English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916) [syn: {Maxim}, {Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim}]


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