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axiomatic (ak-see-uh-MAT-ik) adjective
1. Indisputably true; self-evident.
[From Greek axiomatikos, from axioma (honorable). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw) that's also the fount of such words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador.]
"There is nothing in economic theory that sustains this view in an unqualified manner. Yet, this view is commonly regarded as axiomatic." Pulin B Nayak; Yes, it Breaches the CMP; Financial Express (New Delhi, India); Jul 18, 2005.
This week's theme: miscellaneous words.
Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December's tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital cameras and ran after the ebbing surf, and all the 'dumb' animals made for the hills. -B.R. Myers, author (1963- )
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