Definitions of hypothesis

  1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  2. a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
  3. a tentative theory about 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"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Something assumed for the purpose of argument; a theory which may or may not prove to be true; supposition; conjecture.
  7. Hypothetie, hypothetical.
  8. Something assumed as the foundation of an argument; supposition.
  9. A supposition assumed as a basis of reasoning or experiment; a guess or conjecture.
  10. A supposition; something assumed for the purpose of argument; an assumption in explanation of a fact which may or may not be found to be true by an extended induction.
  11. Something assumed for the purpose of argument; a system or theory put forward to account for something not understood.

Usage examples for hypothesis

  1. The facts seem to maintain such a hypothesis. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  2. Further, our hypothesis that the men voluntarily become more industrious may be called an extreme and unlikely case. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  3. This consideration is doubtless highly modified by local circumstances, but, in general, it seems to suggest a working hypothesis that provides an explanation for many of the facts that we now have. – A Quantitative Study of the Nocturnal Migration of Birds. Vol.3 No.2 by George H. Lowery.
  4. This is as, according to the hypothesis, it should be. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  5. But the objections to his hypothesis are numerous. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  6. If, strictly as a hypothesis, they were to do something like that, as fast as possible, how long would it take? – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  7. The answer depends on the hypothesis that one holds as to the nature of the unconscious itself. – Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th. Ribot
  8. The working hypothesis proposed earlier ... – Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society by Robert F. Murphy Yolanda Murphy
  9. How far it is a probable hypothesis is another question, and to this question we shall now address ourselves. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  10. While it is to be confessed, that Wolf's objections to the primitive integrity of the Iliad and Odyssey have never been wholly got over, we cannot help discovering that they have failed to enlighten us as to any substantial point, and that the difficulties with which the whole subject is beset, are rather augmented than otherwise, if we admit his hypothesis. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  11. Any other hypothesis seemed absurd. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  12. Our theodicea is therefore free at once from hypothesis and abstraction. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  13. He had faced such a hypothesis with assurance then- but now, now that the poison continued, continued within the house, where he believed himself so fully aware of all people and things- continued now that Michael Nikolaievitch was dead- ah, where did it come from, this poison? – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  14. Here is my view of the case, mind it is only a hypothesis and you must take it for what it is worth. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  15. Certainly, from the standpoint of the special theory of relativity, the ether hypothesis appears at first to be an empty hypothesis. – Sidelights on Relativity by Albert Einstein
  16. On the other hand, Huxley all through his life, while holding that natural selection was by far the most probable hypothesis as to the mode in which evolution had come about, maintained that it was only a hypothesis, and, unlike evolution, not a proved fact. – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  17. The external appearance of the wound, he said, did not support the hypothesis of its being self- inflicted, inasmuch as there were no signs of the firearm having been pressed against the eye, or even put very close to it; at the same time it was not physically impossible that the weapon should have been discharged by the deceased with his own hand, at some small distance from the eye. – Trent's Last Case The Woman in Black by E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  18. You say they are marks of finger- nails, and you set up the hypothesis that she destroyed her child. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens