Definition of hypothetico-deductive in English:

hypothetico-deductive

adjective

Philosophy
  • Relating to the testing of the consequences of hypotheses, to determine whether the hypotheses themselves are false or acceptable.

    • ‘Both were convinced that the great Newtonian synthesis was the fruit of a hypothetico-deductive method.’
    • ‘Lewis's discovery of transvection is a perfect example of the hypothetico-deductive method.’
    • ‘Moreover, in place of relativistic cosmology's inductive empiricism, Milne opted for a hypothetico-deductive rationalism.’
    • ‘The logic of model-building is more complex than that engaged in the hypothetico-deductive method.’
    • ‘His influence helped to transform the discipline from a largely comparative hypothetico-deductive approach to a rigorous and more objective science.’

Pronunciation:

hypothetico-deductive

/ˌhīpəˌTHedəkōdəˈdəktiv/