independent axiom

independent axiom

[‚in·di‚pen·dənt ′ak·sē·əm]
(mathematics)
A member of a set of axioms that cannot be deduced as a consequence of the other axioms in the set.
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He admits that the rule cannot be the sole, independent axiom of a moral system precisely because it requires a "conception of character growth" with respect to the status of one's wants and desires.
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