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