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Multiple Meanings
thesis — as in:  the thesis of her editorial

Her thesis is that efficiencies gained through competition outweigh the costs of profit.
an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
thesis — as in:  her Master’s thesis

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s undergraduate thesis was a detailed history of the rise and fall of New York’s Socialist Party in the early 20th Century.
a formal and lengthy research paper advancing a new point of view — usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree

A comprehensive dictionary will have more specialized definitions of thesis that are used in such areas as music, poetry, and philosophy.
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