Definition of axiomatic in English:



  • 1Self-evident or unquestionable.

    ‘it is axiomatic that dividends have to be financed’
    • ‘I regard it as axiomatic that if you are unwilling to advocate for your interests and in consequence get walked all over by people who do, then you have no-one to blame but yourself.’
    • ‘The authors seem to accept it as axiomatic that the masses who suffer under tyranny are necessarily pro-American.’
    • ‘It is a tone which implies that certain thing in life are so axiomatic that no discussion of them is necessary or even possible.’
    • ‘Like the photographer who shows his or her aptitude in the selective framing, it is axiomatic that the decisive representation of a single scene in pictorial representation is a key to its beauty.’
    • ‘They came to accept as axiomatic that the strong and wealthy state is built on the energies of liberated individuals.’
    • ‘It is nearly axiomatic that voters in an election typically prefer the more likable candidate.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that every generation thinks the music of its youth was a benchmark of pop greatness.’
    • ‘The constitution can be faulted to a very great extent for this present state of affairs, but it is axiomatic that in making constitutions work, a give-and-take between rival factions is essential.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that hard cases make bad law, but this is not a hard case.’
    • ‘And when you start caring about sports in Philadelphia, it's pretty much axiomatic that you're going to get your heart broken.’
    • ‘That people are different and should be allowed to make different choices is axiomatic to libertarians but they normally take that as given rather than arguing for it.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that all monopoly groups, emerging from time to time, will remain the continuous target of the people so as to keep India free of despotism.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that to understand fully the current state of any area of human endeavour it is of vital importance to have a clear grasp of its past.’
    • ‘It's axiomatic that we have a grow-or-die economy.’
    • ‘Daily, the truth of this proposition - axiomatic to our ancestors, crassly ignored by progressive theorists today - becomes more evident.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that the differences among the Chiefs of Staff are resolved by the military professionals themselves, with one of them acting as the arbitrator.’
    • ‘It should be axiomatic that the State, acting as the collective will of its people, will not let a handful of unscrupulous persons with clever tongues to take control of the common man's freedom.’
    • ‘Which is that it is practically axiomatic that no decent progressive can really hold office - and remain worthy of support.’
    • ‘It is axiomatic that the effective operation of our system of justice is contingent upon the existence of sufficient public confidence in its ability to perform its functions.’
    • ‘It'll be all-natural and organic, of course; still, he's entering a market in which it is axiomatic that you either grow or die.’
    self-evident, unquestionable, undeniable
    accepted, understood, given, granted
    apodictic, indemonstrable
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    1. 1.1Mathematics [attributive]Relating to or containing axioms.
      • ‘Since Euclid's axiomatic formulation of geometry mathematicians had been trying to prove his fifth postulate as a theorem deduced from the other four axioms.’
      • ‘How would an Aristotelian understand complex analysis, or functional analysis, or point set topology, or axiomatic set theory?’
      • ‘He also examined the consistency of certain propositions in Gödel's system of axiomatic set theory.’
      • ‘We suggest that it was during R. L. Moore's tenure at Penn that he began to develop his method of teaching axiomatic systems, particularly topological spaces.’
      • ‘The resulting system, with ten axioms, is now the most commonly used one for axiomatic set theory.’


Late 18th century: from Greek axiōmatikos, from axiōma what is thought fitting (see axiom).