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hypothesis

Line breaks: hy¦poth|esis
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒθɪsɪs
 
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Definition of hypothesis in English:

noun (plural hypotheses /-siːz/)

1A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation: his ‘steady state’ hypothesis of the origin of the universe
More example sentences
  • The only thing you can do is say the evidence suggests that the hypothesis is true.
  • Well, everyone comes at an investigation with certain hypotheses or certain biases.
  • All you will ever have is circumstantial evidence and an un-falsifiable hypothesis.
Synonyms
1.1 Philosophy A proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth: [with clause]: the hypothesis that every event has a cause
More example sentences
  • Popper consistently has opposed the appeal to inductive arguments to justify hypotheses.
  • In what way could the hypothesis that McFadden's process is consciousness be falsified?
  • This allows a test of the hypothesis that central tendency determines typicality.

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hupothesis 'foundation', from hupo 'under' + thesis 'placing'.

Derivatives

hypothesist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • These hypothesists believe the lack of sun caused an ice age that in turn lowered water levels.
  • This was odd, as it was Einstein's theory of relativity that spurred the Big Bang's hypothesists to imagine an expanding universe.
  • Are there any efficient market hypothesists out there who can help me understand why shares of Google are down 14 points today?

Words that rhyme with hypothesis

prothesis

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