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hypothesis

hy·poth·e·sis

hypothesis

 
 
pronunciation:
haI pa th sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: hypotheses
definition 1: a proposed explanation that accounts for observed phenomena or known facts and that can be used to guide further investigation.
He put forward the hypothesis that dreams function to solve conflicts within the mind.Do the results of your research support your hypothesis?The evidence from their experiment forced them to reject their hypothesis.
similar words:
theorem, theory, thesis
definition 2: a proposition assumed to be true for the purposes of a particular argument; premise.
Let's start out with the hypothesis that these kinds of tests are fair.
synonyms:
premise, proposition, supposition
similar words:
assumption, axiom, postulate, presumption
definition 3: in logic, the first member of a conditional proposition.
similar words:
condition
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derivation: hypothesist (n.)
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