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maxim (noun) a proverb or a wise saying.
A book of maxims is a book of proverbs. A maxim is a well-known phrase or wise saying that is usually regarded as true and gives a rule for suitable behavior. 'Waste not, want not,' is an example of a maxim.
- Maxims are the products of the age-old wisdom of a society. A maxim can guide us in matters of behavior in difficult situations.
- 'Look before you leap,' is a maxim that cautions us against hasty decisions and actions.