Definition of theorem in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθɪərəm/


Physics & Mathematics
1A general proposition not self-evident but proved by a chain of reasoning; a truth established by means of accepted truths.
Example sentences
  • Ideally the definitions would generate all the concepts from clear and distinct ideas, and the proofs would generate all the theorems from self-evident truths.
  • There is a theorem proved by Kurt Godel in 1931, which is the Incompleteness Theorem for mathematics.
  • In modern Fourier analysis, theorems are usually less important than the techniques developed to prove them.
proposition, hypothesis, postulate, thesis, assumption, deduction, statement;
rule, formula, principle
1.1A rule in algebra or other branches of mathematics expressed by symbols or formulae.
Example sentences
  • But why would you pass up free education that could take you places somewhere someday, even though we will never use the algebra theorems ever?
  • We learn how the dynamics of addition and subtraction are linked to multiplication and division, and eventually to theorems of algebra.
  • He also used letters to replace numbers and was able to state general algebraic theorems but this early use of algebraic notation was not used by subsequent writers.



Pronunciation: /θɪərəˈmatɪk/
Example sentences
  • The ideas we present are basically in the nature of ‘throw-aways,’ suggesting topics where more sophisticated analyses and clear theorematic results would be desirable.
  • To read it selectively according to particular topical or theorematic segments is to break the all-important systematic links that bind the treatise into an extraordinarily elegant whole.
  • This being the case, I limit my comments in this review to the few immediately understandable sentences or paragraphs written in English (i.e., the side comments, not theorematic material) that a few of the authors have seen fit to include.


Mid 16th century: from French théorème, or via late Latin from Greek theōrēma 'speculation, proposition', from theōrein 'look at', from theōros 'spectator'.

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