Definition of hypothesis in English:

hypothesis

Syllabification: hy·poth·e·sis
Pronunciation: /hīˈpäTHəsis
 
/

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
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.
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'.

Definition of hypothesis in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day glee
Pronunciation: glē
noun
great delight