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    Postulates vs Definitions

    In geometry what is the difference between a definition and a postulate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IDontunderstand View Post
    In geometry what is the difference between a definition and a postulate?
    This is I will admit is a very confusing topic.
    How technical do you want the answer to be?
    I prefer to use the word axiom in place of postulate.

    Here is a naïve answer.
    Definitions are the ‘building blocks’ of axiomatic systems.

    Axioms are the rules by which the definitions are used.
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