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hypothesis
as in:  a study to test her hypothesis


The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
  a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts — often an idea to be tested
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hypothetical hypothesis hypotheses hypothesized hypothesize hypothesizes hypothetically hypothesizing hypothetic
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In casual conversation, theory is a synonym for hypothesis, but a scientist would say that a hypothesis needs to pass rigorous tests before it could be accepted as a theory.
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  • The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
  • He hypothesized the existence of Pluto before its discovery.
  • the hypothesis here proven may be described simply in the following terms: artificially increased intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • ["short man’s complex" or "unresolved Oedipal conflict"]  Although there may be some truth in both hypotheses, this sort of posthumous off-the-rack psychoanalysis is a dubious, highly speculative enterprise that inevitably demeans and trivializes the absent analysand.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • In a letter to a friend he wrote, "I began my adult life with the hypothesis that it would be possible to become a Stone Age native."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Rosellini appeared to accept the failure of his hypothesis with equanimity.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
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Associated words [difficulty]:   hypothesis [4]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Logic & Reasoning, Philosophy, Science, Medicine
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