from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling an axiom; self-evident: "It's axiomatic in politics that voters won't throw out a presidential incumbent unless they think his challenger will clean house” ( Peter Grier).

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  • adj. Evident without proof or argument.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an axiom.
  • adj. Obvious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an axiom; having the nature of an axiom; self-evident; characterized by axioms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of an axiom, self-evident truth, or received principle; self-evident.
  • Full of axioms or maxims; aphoristic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing aphorisms or maxims
  • adj. of or relating to or derived from axioms
  • adj. evident without proof or argument


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From Ancient Greek ἀξιωματικός (aksiōmatikos), in turn from ἀξίωμα (aksiōma)


  • ‡ The term axiomatic is used generally to refer to a statement so obvious that it needs no proof.


  • Therefore in speculative matters the same truth holds among all men both as to principles and as to conclusions, even though all men do not discern this truth in the conclusions but only in those principles which are called axiomatic notions.

    The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • I would prefer to see them described as axiomatic, and that they are not consistent with any medical concept of which I am aware.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • It cannot be denied that our "think so's," "feel so's," impressions, prejudices and inherited or preconceived ideas may seem as infallible to us as any so-called axiomatic or intuitive truths.

    To Infidelity and Back

  • Maybe you and I use the word "axiomatic" differently, but Field got his 3-act structure from reading 2,000 screenplays and seeing what separated the ones that got made from the ones that didn't.


  • Although in this book Newton affects a kind of axiomatic presentation beginning with definitions and axioms, and enunciating a series of propositions, the procedures are really analytic in his sense, as he tells us they are: the propositions are not abstract mathematical statements, but affirmations of physical or experimental fact, and they are justified, not by mathematical deduction, but by what he calls

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • McLintock! may be uncool but I'd much rather watch its cast brawling and mud-sliding across my screen than those Howard Hawks Rio El Dorado Lobo Geritol horse operas that all the auteurists hanging around the bingo hall find so "axiomatic," not to mention The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which carries too much sand in its boots and drags considerable awful.

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  • Even if those terms are "axiomatic," they should be explained or described, and the authors must refrain from constantly introducing new terms that may be ambiguous; rather they should repeat words that were already used and explained.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • 'axiomatic' statement made by some priests in support of the ordination of women: 'all I need


  • Because it is axiomatic that you will pay more for the insurance than you will lose to fires!

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Two Views of Credit Default Swaps


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  • I want this word to have been used in John Agard's excellent 'Listen Mr Oxford Don'. But it isn't.

    April 30, 2009