theorem

[thee-er-uh m, theer-uh m] /ˈθi ər əm, ˈθɪər əm/
noun
1.
Mathematics. a theoretical proposition, statement, or formula embodying something to be proved from other propositions or formulas.
2.
a rule or law, especially one expressed by an equation or formula.
3.
Logic. a proposition that can be deduced from the premises or assumptions of a system.
4.
an idea, belief, method, or statement generally accepted as true or worthwhile without proof.
Origin of theorem
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin theōrēma < Greek theṓrēma spectacle, hence, subject for contemplation, thesis (to be proved), equivalent to theōrē-, variant stem of theōreîn to view + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
theorematic
[thee-er-uh-mat-ik, theer-uh-] /ˌθi ər əˈmæt ɪk, ˌθɪər ə-/ (Show IPA),
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Historical Examples
• Or it may be considered proved by aid of Prop. 24, equal circles not being used till after this theorem.

• Now, to proceed in this way with what may be called Mr. Hume's theorem.

Walter Richard Cassels
• Let the notation be dispensed with until the child understands the problem or theorem and Euclid will become fascinating.

James Leslie Allan Kayll
• Another part of the statement of the theorem may now be formulated.

Andrew Gray
• A theorem is a Whig proposition—the benefit of which to any one but the Whigs always requires to be demonstrated.

• It is not a single hypothesis or theorem, and it dwells on no new facts.

William James
• It is one of the great corollaries of that theorem of evolution which most naturalists are satisfied has been demonstrated.

David Starr Jordan
• The theorem of Pascal remains still the theorem of Pascal, and will always remain so.

Karl Rosenkranz
• The theorem is here referred to partly on account of its bearing on the theory of imaginaries in geometry.

• Her tone was as cold and even as if she were reciting a theorem in Legendre.

Jennie M. Drinkwater
British Dictionary definitions for theorem

theorem

/ˈθɪərəm/
noun
1.
(maths, logic) a statement or formula that can be deduced from the axioms of a formal system by means of its rules of inference
Derived Forms
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin theōrēma, from Greek: something to be viewed, from theōrein to view
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Word Origin and History for theorem
n.

1550s, from Middle French théorème, from Late Latin theorema, from Greek theorema "spectacle, speculation," in Euclid "proposition to be proved," from theorein "to consider" (see theory).

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theorem in Medicine

theorem the·o·rem (thē'ər-əm, thēr'əm)
n.

1. An idea that is demonstrably true or is assumed to be so.

2. A mathematical proposition that has been or is to be proved on the basis of explicit assumptions.

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theorem in Science
 theorem   (thē'ər-əm, thîr'əm)    A mathematical statement whose truth can be proved on the basis of a given set of axioms or assumptions.
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theorem in Culture
theorem [(thee-uh-ruhm, theer-uhm)]

A statement in mathematics that is not a basic assumption, such as an axiom, but is deduced (see deduction) from basic assumptions.

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