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a short statement surmising a general truth or principle
  • How to Memorize
    • maxim - saying
  • Analysis

    A ‘maxim’ sums up the essential truth of something in a succinct, catchy way that makes it easy to understand and remember. People will often have one as a guiding principle for the personal and/or professional side of their life, or at least have one that is meaningful to them in some way.

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  • Example(s)
    1. The ruthless CEO’s guiding business principle seemed to be the maxim: “Nice guys finish last.”

    2. Brian’s father had a maxim for every occasion. He was a very wise man.

    3. The idea that the customer is always right may be a tired old maxim, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate.