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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. A supposition, a theory.
  8. A supposition: a proposition assumed for the sake of argument: a theory to be proved or disproved by reference to facts: a provisional explanation of anything.
  9. Hypothetie, hypothetical.
  10. Something assumed as the foundation of an argument; supposition.
  11. A supposition assumed as a basis of reasoning or experiment; a guess or conjecture.
  12. 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.
  13. Something assumed for the purpose of argument; a system or theory put forward to account for something not understood.
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Quotes of hypothesis

  1. The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion- these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness. – Jerome Bruner
  2. There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis then you've made a discovery. – Enrico Fermi
  3. The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience. – Milton Friedman
  4. It would be very discouraging if somewhere down the line you could ask a computer if the Riemann hypothesis is correct and it said, 'Yes, it is true, but you won't be able to understand the proof.' – Ronald Graham
  5. The great tragedy of science- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. – Thomas Huxley
  6. Even if it had not been possible to reproduce the disease in animals and consequently to verify the hypothesis this simple observation would have been sufficient to demonstrate the way in which the disease was propagated. – Charles Jules Henry Nicole
  7. Originally, in the early eighties, the drug hypothesis was among the first which occurred to scientists. – Serge Lang
  8. Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis – Pierre Laplace
  9. It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young. – Konrad Lorenz
  10. I long ago suggested the hypothesis that in the basin of the Thames there are indications of a meeting in the Pleistocene period of a northern and southern fauna. – Charles Lyell
  11. Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known as the postmodern age. – Jean-Francois Lyotard
  12. The first and most important reason for its elimination is the unquestioned fact that evolution is not a science; it is a hypothesis only, a speculation. – William B. Riley
  13. As has repeatedly been stated, the underlying hypothesis which in a number of cases has been supported by direct experimental evidence, is that each gene controls the production, function, and specificity of a particular enzyme. – Edward Lawrie Tatum
  14. From the standpoint of observation, then, we must regard it as a highly probable hypothesis that the beginnings of the mental life date from as far back as the beginnings of life at large. – Wilhelm Wundt

Usage examples for hypothesis

  1. The working hypothesis proposed earlier ... – Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society by Robert F. Murphy Yolanda Murphy
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The facts seem to maintain such a hypothesis – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  6. You say they are marks of finger- nails, and you set up the hypothesis that she destroyed her child. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  7. 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
  8. The General continued: " I'm only speaking, mind you, on the hypothesis – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  9. This is as, according to the hypothesis it should be. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Any other hypothesis seemed absurd. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  13. 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
  14. " As if it were my own," replied la Peyrade, " which, by the bye, is not altogether an hypothesis – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  15. 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
  16. Our theodicea is therefore free at once from hypothesis and abstraction. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. But the objections to his hypothesis are numerous. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson