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Definition of "hypothesis" []

  • A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation. (noun)
  • Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption. (noun)
  • The antecedent of a conditional statement. (noun)
  • A suggested explanation for a group of facts or phenomena, either accepted as a basis for further verification (working hypothesis) or accepted as likely to be true (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An assumption used in an argument without its being endorsed; a supposition (noun)
  • An unproved theory; a conjecture (noun)

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Use "hypothesis" in a sentence
  • "But who knows – after all, the Darwin hypothesis is a minority viewpoint, but and the lack of physical evidence leaves considerable doubt."
  • "March 6th, 2009 at 9: 27 am nullasalus: But who knows – after all, the Darwin hypothesis is a minority viewpoint, but and the lack of physical evidence leaves considerable doubt."
  • "March 7th, 2009 at 10: 38 am nullasalus: But who knows – after all, the Darwin hypothesis is a minority viewpoint, but and the lack of physical evidence leaves considerable doubt."