One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
theory, theorem, thesis, conjecture, supposition, speculation, postulation, postulate, proposition, premise, surmise, assumption, presumption, presuppositionView synonyms
- ‘All scientists do is try to generalise hypotheses from evidence and then attempt to test them in future.’
- ‘All of those hypotheses were proposed indirectly and may not be mutually exclusive to each other.’
- ‘Three hypotheses may be proposed to account for this unanticipated observation.’
- ‘There are several hypotheses or models proposed to explain how feedback limitation of photosynthesis may be regulated.’
- ‘The only thing you can do is say the evidence suggests that the hypothesis is true.’
- ‘In the seventeenth century, a number of hypotheses had been proposed for the origin of fossils.’
- ‘Several hypotheses can be proposed to explain why variance increases with longer intervals.’
- ‘Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the number of times segmentation arose.’
- ‘Well, everyone comes at an investigation with certain hypotheses or certain biases.’
- ‘I think it's important to note that what I'm proposing here is a hypothesis rather than a conclusion.’
- ‘The scientific method involves proposing a hypothesis then trying to disprove it.’
- ‘Embedded within the hypothesis will be concepts that will need to be translated into researchable entities.’
- ‘All you will ever have is circumstantial evidence and an un-falsifiable hypothesis.’
- ‘Even a religion that stresses faith above all else seeks evidence to confirm its hypotheses.’
- ‘Different hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanism of attachment.’
- ‘Almost all were rhetorical or editorial, with some offering explanatory hypotheses or sociological theories.’
- ‘The conceptual peg hypothesis provides a theoretical explanation of the difference.’
- ‘This variation is poorly understood, and several hypotheses have been proposed.’
- ‘We use the emergence of these patterns as hypotheses that may be investigated in real fish schools.’
- ‘The hypothesis is that the view from the castle will be so spoiled that it will put off visitors.’
- 1.1Philosophy A proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.
reason, reasons, reasoning, thinking, basis, logical basis, logic, grounds, senseView synonyms
- ‘In what way could the hypothesis that McFadden's process is consciousness be falsified?’
- ‘Popper consistently has opposed the appeal to inductive arguments to justify hypotheses.’
- ‘The second example of Hobbes's hypotheses about the physical world which I want to consider is his idea about the nature of light.’
- ‘If we act as if these ideas were true of reality, then we are led to formulate true hypotheses.’
- ‘This allows a test of the hypothesis that central tendency determines typicality.’
Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek hupothesis ‘foundation’, from hupo ‘under’ + thesis ‘placing’.
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