Definitions for hypothesishaɪˈpɒθ ə sɪs, hɪ-; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hy•poth•e•sis*haɪˈpɒθ ə sɪs, hɪ-; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a provisional theory set forth to explain some class of phenomena, either accepted as a guide to future investigation

    Category: Philosphy, Biology, Physics

    Ref: ( working hypothesis )

  2. a proposition assumed as a premise in an argument.

  3. the antecedent of a conditional proposition.

  4. a mere assumption or guess.

* Syn: See theory.

Origin of hypothesis:

1590–1600; < Gk hypóthesis basis, supposition = hypo(ti)thé(nai) to assume, suppose ( hypo- hypo - + tithénai to put, place) + -sis -sis

hy•poth′e•sist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypothesis(noun)

    a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations

  2. hypothesis, possibility, theory(noun)

    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"

  3. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis(noun)

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hypothesis(noun)ɪˈpɒθ ə sɪs, hɪ-

    an explanation that has not yet been scientifically tested

    a hypothesis based on previous experiments

Wiktionary

  1. hypothesis(Noun)

    Used loosely, a tentative conjecture explaining an observation, phenomenon or scientific problem that can be tested by further observation, investigation and/or experimentation. As a scientific term of art, see the attached quotation. Compare to theory, and quotation given there.

  2. hypothesis(Noun)

    An assumption taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation.

  3. hypothesis(Noun)

    The antecedent of a conditional statement.

  4. Origin: Recorded since 1596, from hypothese, from hypothesis, from ὑπόθεσις, literally “a placing under”, itself from ὑποτίθημι, from ὑπό + τίθημι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypothesis(noun)

    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 overdue steamer

  2. Hypothesis(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Hypothesis

    A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. For a hypothesis to be a scientific hypothesis, the scientific method requires that one can test it. Scientists generally base scientific hypotheses on previous observations that cannot satisfactorily be explained with the available scientific theories. Even though the words "hypothesis" and "theory" are often used synonymously, a scientific hypothesis is not the same as a scientific theory. A scientific hypothesis is a proposed explanation of a phenomenon which still has to be rigorously tested. In contrast, a scientific theory has undergone extensive testing and is generally accepted to be the accurate explanation behind an observation. A working hypothesis is a provisionally accepted hypothesis proposed for further research. A different meaning of the term hypothesis is used in formal logic, to denote the antecedent of a proposition; thus in the proposition "If P, then Qs; Q can be called a consequent. P is the assumption in a What If question. The adjective hypothetical, meaning "having the nature of a hypothesis", or "being assumed to exist as an immediate consequence of a hypothesis", can refer to any of these meanings of the term "hypothesis".

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'hypothesis' in Nouns Frequency: #1672


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hypothesis(noun)

an unproved theory or point of view put forward, eg for the sake of argument.

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