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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Truism'

Truism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    truism n : an obvious truth
Truism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Truism \Tru"ism\, n. [From True.] An undoubted or self-evident truth; a statement which is pliantly true; a proposition needing no proof or argument; -- opposed to falsism. Trifling truisms clothed in great, swelling words. --J. P. Smith.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Truism'

A truism is a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning, except as a reminder or as a rhetorical or literary device.

In philosophy, a sentence which asserts incomplete truth conditions for a proposition may be regarded as a truism. An example of such a sentence would be: "Under appropriate conditions, the sun rises." Without contextual support — a statement of what those appropriate conditions are — the sentence is true but incontestable. A statement which is true by definition ("All cats are mammals.") would also be considered a truism. This is quite similar to a tautology in which the conclusion of a statement is essentially equivalent to its premise, a statement that is "true by virtue of its logical form alone".

The word may be used to disguise the fact that a proposition is really just an opinion, especially in rhetoric. A saying about people or an accepted truth about life in general is also a truism.

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* Decide on some imperfect Somebody and you will win, because the truest truism in politics is You can't beat Somebody with Nobody. - William Safire

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  • Editorial: Math bias just doesn’t add up for boys, girls - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 PST
    Let’s start with a simple truism: Women can perform mathematical and scientific calculations as readily as men. So why do so few of them have jobs in science and technology fields? The answer is simple, but the solution may not be. Men and women have fallen prey to the perception that this truism is false. Read more on this news related to 'Truism'
  • Survey: People Don’t Want to Talk Online About the NSA
    The old truism that people speak more freely online than they would face to face isn’t always true -- at least when it comes to talking about the NSA. Read more on this news related to 'Truism'
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Political game outweighs good - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 PST
    A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence a Read more on this news related to 'Truism'

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