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    to be true, but need not be so

    Does "but need not be so" mean "but need not be generally acceptedto be true (because an axiom is self-evident"?


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    axiom:
    a statement or principle that is generally accepted to be true, but need not be so.


    Source: Cambridge Dictionary

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    Re: to be true, but need not be so

    I think "generally" means " in most cases but not all cases".
    So "need not be so" means "there are exceptions".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: to be true, but need not be so

    I take 'need not be so' to mean 'need not be true' there.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to be true, but need not be so

    Which explanation is more accurate? I noticed that Rover_KE liked both answers. I am inclined to the last one.

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    Re: to be true, but need not be so

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "but need not be so" mean "but need not be generally acceptedto be true (because an axiom is self-evident"?


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    axiom:
    a statement or principle that is generally accepted to be true, but need not be so.


    Source: Cambridge Dictionary
    "But need not be so" means the statement or principle can be false and still be an axiom. "Generally accepted" normally means that almost everyone accepts it.

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    Re: to be true, but need not be so

    Quote Originally Posted by Amelot View Post
    "But need not be so" means the statement or principle can be false
    It can be false because it need not be true.
    I am not a teacher.

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