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or axiomatical

[ak-see-uh-mat-ik] /ˌæk si əˈmæt ɪk/
pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious.
Origin of axiomatic
1790-1800; < Greek axiōmatikós, equivalent to axiōmat- (stem of axíōma axiom) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
axiomatically, adverb
nonaxiomatic, adjective
nonaxiomatical, adjective
nonaxiomatically, adverb
unaxiomatic, adjective
unaxiomatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • It was always accepted by us as axiomatic until we took the Philippines.

  • It was axiomatic that there had to be some sort of vertical structure to society, naturally.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • A boy smiles at the waste of time in telling him such an axiomatic or self-evident fact.

    Praying for Money Russell H. Conwell
  • We must not assume any of the rights of property as axiomatic.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • That principle is axiomatic in its truth: the heart will ever follow the head.

  • This is too axiomatic to enlarge upon, but the illustration is strong.

    That Last Waif Horace Fletcher
  • The former quotation gives, it may be incidentally mentioned, a good example of Herr Duehring's axiomatic grandiloquence.

British Dictionary definitions for axiomatic


relating to or resembling an axiom; self-evident
containing maxims; aphoristic
(of a logical system) consisting of a set of axioms from which theorems are derived by transformation rules Compare natural deduction
Derived Forms
axiomatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for axiomatic

1797, from Greek axiomatikos, from axioma (genitive axiomatos); see axiom. Form axiomatical is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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