Meaning of "Between equal equities the first in order of time shall prevail."

a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct.


max·im  (măk′sĭm)
A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct. See Synonyms at saying.

[Middle English maxime, from Old French, from Medieval Latin maxima, from maxima (prōpositiō), greatest (premise), feminine of Latin maximus, greatest; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]


maxim (ˈmæksɪm)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
[C15: via French from Medieval Latin, from maxima, in the phrase maxima prōpositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum]

Maxim (ˈmæksɪm)
(Biography) Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US


(ˈmæk sɪm)
max•im (ˈmæk sɪm) n.
1. an expression of a general truth or principle, esp. an aphoristic or sententious one.
2. a principle or rule of conduct.
[1400–50; « Medieval Latin maxima < Latin maximus, superlative of magnus, great]
syn: See proverb.
Max•im (ˈmæk sɪm) n.
1. Sir Hiram Stevens, 1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.
2. his brother, Hudson, 1853–1927, U.S. inventor.
a short, pithy statement that serves as a motto. — maximist, n.
See also: Proverbs