Definition of truism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtro͞oˌizəm/


1A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting: the truism that you get what you pay for
More example sentences
  • It is a truism to say that humanity is gone out of journalism.
  • It is a truism to say that we describe the world through the lens our own experience.
  • It is a truism to say that fieldwork is a prerequisite to any sort of research on Neotropical birds.
platitude, commonplace, cliché, stock phrase, banality, (old) chestnut, (old) saw, axiom, bromide
1.1 Logic A proposition that states nothing beyond what is implied by any of its terms.
Example sentences
  • The proof of the Proposition shows that the common truisms are precisely the elements of and unions of elements of, so any commonly known event is the consequence of a common truism.
  • No one denies the truism that the dreamer cannot really connect his dream with his waking past, which is one reading of this response.
  • Consider, however, the following four truisms about correlation.



Pronunciation: /tro͞oˈistik/
Example sentences
  • What I resolutely oppose is an unreflected resentment that offers no prospect for creativity or initiative, and contents itself with truistic descriptions of a necessarily inconsistent world.
  • Evidentialism is logically, psychologically, and, no doubt, historically prior to any such system; it is a truistic, pre-theoretic, typically implicit canon of rationality itself.
  • More typically, philosophers accept the truistic dictum I articulated above, and then proceed to interpret it in terms that only make sense if the hydraulic conception is implicitly taken for granted.

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Syllabification: tru·ism

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