From Anglo-Norman maxime and Middle French maxime, from Late Latin maxima (“axiom”), noun use of the feminine singular form of Latin maximus (apparently as used in the phrase propositio maxima "greatest premise").
maxim (plural maxims)
- (now rare) A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.
- A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.
- (precept, succint statement): aphorism, cliche, enthymeme, proverb, saying
- See also Thesaurus:saying