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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Hypothesis \Hy*poth"e*sis\, n.; pl. Hypotheses. [NL., fr. Gr.
? foundation, supposition, fr. ? to place under, ? under + ?
to put. See Hypo-, Thesis.]
1. A supposition; a proposition or principle which is
supposed or taken for granted, in order to draw a
conclusion or inference for proof of the point in
question; something not proved, but assumed for the
purpose of argument, or to account for a fact or an
occurrence; as, the hypothesis that head winds detain an
An hypothesis being a mere supposition, there are no
other limits to hypotheses than those of the human
imagination. --J. S. Mill.
2. (Natural Science) A tentative theory or supposition
provisionally adopted to explain certain facts, and to
guide in the investigation of others; hence, frequently
called a working hypothesis.
Syn: Supposition; assumption. See Theory.
Nebular hypothesis. See under Nebular. Hypothetic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a proposal intended to explain certain facts or
2: a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is
not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts
or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives
experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he
proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in
chemical practices" [syn: hypothesis, possibility,
3: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
[syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise,
surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypothesis":
a priori principle, affirmation, apriorism, assertion,
assumed position, assumption, axiom, basis,
categorical proposition, conjecture, data, first principles,
foundation, ground, guesswork, hypothesis ad hoc, inference, lemma,
major premise, minor premise, philosopheme,
philosophical proposition, position, postulate, postulation,
postulatum, premise, premiss, presumption, presupposal,
presupposition, proposition, propositional function,
set of postulates, speculation, statement, sumption, supposal,
supposing, supposition, surmise, theorem, theory, thesis,
truth table, truth-function, truth-value, working hypothesis
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