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hypothesis
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Great Expectations
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as in: Let's assume hypothetically that Define
something that may not be true, but that is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • A little later on in the dinner, Mr. Wopsle reviewed the sermon with some severity, and intimated—in the usual hypothetical case of the Church being "thrown open"—what kind of sermon he would have given them.

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  • For the purpose of discussion, let’s accept that the hypothesis that she is guilty is true. What would we have expected her to do after the incident?
  • Hypothetically speaking, if the company did downside and you lost your job, what would you do?

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unspecified meaning
  • You say they are marks of finger-nails, and you set up the hypothesis that she destroyed her child.
  • You must accept all consequences of that hypothesis.

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as in: a study to test her hypothesis Define
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts -- often an idea to be tested
as in: Let's assume hypothetically that Define
something that may not be true, but that is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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