# Definition of *theorem* in English:

## theorem^{}

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### noun

1Physics Mathematics

A general proposition not self-evident but proved by a chain of reasoning; a truth established by means of accepted truths.*‘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.’**‘Nash and I proved the same theorem, or, rather, two theorems very close to each other.’**‘That one could know how to prove theorems of elementary geometry without knowing how much seven times nine was seemed more than slightly strange.’**‘In order to prove the theorem, Wiles had to draw on and extend several ideas at the core of modern mathematics.’**‘He proved a major theorem concerning the measure-preserving property of Hamiltonian dynamics.’**‘In 1964 John Bell, an Irish theoretical physicist, published a theorem that seemed to prove the argument for non-locality.’**‘In every one of these works Moore clearly stated undefined terms and axioms, then methodically proved theorems based on them.’**‘Yet, as we strive to advance frontiers and prove new theorems, we make intuitive leaps that require substantial effort to be transformed into complete, precise proofs.’**‘Moore suggested that they be given some theorems to prove.’**‘He introduced students to the main ideas of the subject by means of illuminating examples and by giving proofs of important special cases of more general theorems.’**‘Certainly the theorems which Galileo had proved on the centres of gravity of solids, and left in Rome, were discussed in this correspondence.’**‘The activity of proving things about space-time is the same kind of activity as proving theorems about real numbers.’**‘There are many reasons why certain theorems are not named after their discoverer but after a later rediscoverer.’**‘Euclid's Elements is remarkable for the clarity with which the theorems are stated and proved.’**‘In 1976, Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken finally managed to prove the theorem for a second time.’**‘This theorem was also proved by Felix Bernstein and independently by E Schröder.’**‘Rather than being remembered as the first woman this or that, I would prefer to be remembered, as a mathematician should, simply for the theorems I have proved and the problems I have solved.’**‘Moore proceeded to prove fifty-two theorems from this set of five assumptions.’**‘And quite frequently I state a number of definitions and ask students to formulate some theorems using them.’**‘The movie tosses mathematical theories and theorems in the audience's direction, but explains them simply and lucidly; no one is going to become lost or bored.’**‘I also read about a new play that explored mathematical theorems.’**‘There is a famous theorem in the field of mathematics known as graph theory.’*

View synonyms**proposition**, hypothesis, postulate, thesis, assumption, deduction, statement- 1.1A rule in algebra or other branches of mathematics expressed by symbols or formulae.
*‘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.’*

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**Origin**

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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