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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Maxim  \Max"im\,  n.  [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 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  saying  that  widely  accepted  on  its  own  merits  [syn:  {axiom}] 

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