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hypothesis
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Atlas Shrugged
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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
  • Isn’t the market somewhat hypothetical?
  • "Miss Taggart," he asked sadly and cautiously, "would you say that if-this is just a hypothetical question-if the equipment now in use on the Rio Norte Line were made available, it would fill the needs of our transcontinental main-line traffic?"

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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
  • I have a hypothesis about it-I’ll explain it to you afterwards, when I’ve put it to the test.
  • Miss Taggart, I had been working on it for months, on that one particular hypothesis, and the more I worked, the more hopeless it seemed to become.

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  • What hypothesis?
  • And all men use them, because they are true of being qua being…… For a principle which every one must have who understands anything that is, is not a hypothesis…… Evidently then such a principle is the most certain of all; which principle this is, let us proceed to say.

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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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