Definition of truism in English:



  • 1A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.

    ‘the truism that you get what you pay for’
    • ‘No-one should argue against teaching future citizens to think critically and to subject orthodoxies and truisms to rigorous examination.’
    • ‘They were able to question the truisms that dominated British political thought, and thus set out in astonishingly new directions.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that fieldwork is a prerequisite to any sort of research on Neotropical birds.’
    • ‘An old truism regarding alcoholism is that if someone close to you thinks it's a problem, it's a problem.’
    • ‘Most of us will see it as a truism but it is also a warning against the tendency of all of us, ethnobiologists are no exception, to get carried away.’
    • ‘I won't reveal any more of the plot than that, but if there's a moral to this story, it's that old truism that says that curiosity killed the cat.’
    • ‘An old truism about the perverse ways of big business surfaced again last week in the pages of the Financial Times.’
    • ‘They are truisms though no less true because of that.’
    • ‘Let's put aside the obvious truism, applicable to both Old and New Media, that the value of a creative work increases as more people are exposed to it.’
    • ‘It's a truism that as a general rule consumers seek bargains and businesses seek profits.’
    • ‘This episode reinforces that old truism that there are two sides to each story and that neither is all white or all black.’
    • ‘It is a truism that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand.’
    • ‘It's full of truisms, generalisations and nonsense.’
    • ‘Even if what you were suggesting was true, you would merely be confirming an old moral truism that evil actions can have good consequences.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that we describe the world through the lens our own experience.’
    • ‘In the end, though, it's that old truism about parental guidance that counts.’
    • ‘Sometimes a truism can be proclaimed in a manner that makes it startling.’
    • ‘But, there is an old truism in public relations - you don't repeat the charges against you.’
    • ‘It is a truism to say that humanity is gone out of journalism.’
    • ‘It's an obvious truism but to succeed, the team's whole must exceed the sum of its parts.’
    platitude, commonplace, cliché, banal saying, hackneyed saying, overworked saying, trite saying, stock phrase, banality, old chestnut, bromide
    maxim, axiom, saw
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    1. 1.1Logic A proposition that states nothing beyond what is implied by any of its terms.
      • ‘No one denies the truism that the dreamer cannot really connect his dream with his waking past, which is one reading of this response.’
      • ‘The proof of the Proposition shows that the common truisms are precisely the elements of and unions of elements of, so any commonly known event is the consequence of a common truism.’
      • ‘Consider, however, the following four truisms about correlation.’
      • ‘Like other valid theorems, this is a truism, but it is not useless, for it helps in organising the argument.’