What does Maxim mean?

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ˈmæk sɪmMax·im

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maxim, axiom(noun)

    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

  2. Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim(noun)

    English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)


  1. maxim(Noun)

    A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.

  2. maxim(Noun)

    A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.

  3. Maxim(ProperNoun)

    The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.

  4. Origin: From maxime and maxime, from maxima, noun use of the feminine singular form of maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maxim(noun)

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

  2. Maxim(noun)

    the longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large


  1. Maxim

    Maxim is an international men's magazine targeted at heterosexual adult males and based in the United Kingdom, and known for its pictorials featuring popular actresses, singers, and female models often pictured scantily dressed but not fully nude, sometimes clothed. Between 2010 and 2012 Maxim eliminated two issues, going from 12 issues a year to just ten, and decreased its circulation numbers by 20 percent, from a reported 2.5 million to only 2 million.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maxim

    maks′im, n. a general principle, serving as a rule or guide: a pithy saying: a proverb.—adjs. Max′imal; Max′imed, reduced to a maxim.—ns. Max′imist, Max′im-mong′er. [Fr.,—L. maxima (sententia, an opinion), superl. of magnus, great.]

  2. Maxim

    maks′im, n. often put for Max′im-gun, an automatic machine-gun capable of firing as many as 620 rounds per minute, and of accurate shooting up to 3000 yards. [From Hiram Maxim, the inventor.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maxim in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maxim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Maxim in a Sentence

  1. Winston Churchill:

    The maxim of the British people is 'Business as Usual.'

  2. Immanuel Kant:

    May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law.

  3. Richard Whately, Archbishop of Dublin:

    Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.


    Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law

  5. Frank Rich:

    Donald Trump understands a show business maxim, which is that people like twists in a plot.

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