# Postulate

A postulate, also known as an axiom, is a statement or proposition that is accepted as being self-evidently true without the need for proof. In mathematics and logic, postulates serve as the foundational assumptions upon which a system is built.

While postulates are assumed to be true and require no proof, theorems, on the other hand, are statements that need to be proven, typically using the postulates of the system as a starting point.

## Synonyms

An axiom, in mathematics and logic, is a statement or proposition that is regarded as being self-evidently true, without the need for proof. Axioms serve as the starting points for developing a mathematical theory. Different sets of axioms can give rise to different, but consistent, mathematical systems.

## Related Terms

A theorem is a statement that has been proven to be true within the framework of a mathematical system, based on the system's axioms and previously established theorems. Theorems are central to mathematics because they establish truths that we can rely on for solving problems and understanding the structure of mathematical systems.