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noun as in principle

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With an ATP, a programmer can code in all the rules, or axioms, and then ask if a particular conjecture follows those rules.

Gödel’s main maneuver was to map statements about a system of axioms onto statements within the system — that is, onto statements about numbers.

By the first theorem, this set of axioms would then necessarily be incomplete.

We’ve learned that if a set of axioms is consistent, then it is incomplete.

It would mean that there exists a sequence of formulas built from these axioms that proves the formula that means, metamathematically, “This set of axioms is consistent.”

Whether or not Hippocrates ever actually said “First, do no harm,” the axiom is central to medical ethics.

Jakes says he believes in the axiom that the act of forgiveness is not really a gift to others as much as it is a gift to oneself.

It's Tip O'Neill's famous axiom in reverse: now all politics is national.

It is a generally accepted axiom that a public man cannot afford to be modest in these go-ahead days of "boom."

This truth is as old as Homer, and its proofs are as capable of demonstration as a mathematical axiom.

By this, OLeary understood that he was definitely adopted by virtue of the axiom of what was his was theirs.

That was an axiom on which was founded a vigorous war against all capillary adornments.

He starts with the axiom that the whole amount of attention a reader can give at any moment is limited and fixed.


On this page you'll find 55 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to axiom, such as: adage, aphorism, dictum, maxim, precept, and proverb.

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