Definition of hypothesis in English:

hypothesis

Syllabification: hy·poth·e·sis
Pronunciation: /hīˈpäTHəsis
 
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noun (plural hypotheses /-ˌsēz/)

  • 1A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation: professional astronomers attacked him for popularizing an unconfirmed hypothesis
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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