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hypothesis

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1  —as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
Definition a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He hypothesized the existence of Pluto before its discovery.
  • hypothesized = proposed a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • Hypothesis, demonstration, conclusion, if A then not B.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • hypothesis = an idea to be tested
  • The hypothesis here proved may be described most simply in the following terms: Artificially-induced intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • hypothesis = theory or belief (based upon limited evidence)
  • ["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
  • hypotheses = ideas that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
  • But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • hypothetically = based on an idea that seems reasonable, but is unproven
  •   "There's a market for Rearden Metal and I intend to take full advantage of it."
      "Isn't the market somewhat hypothetical? The public response to your metal has not been encouraging."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • hypothetical = based on assumptions rather than facts
  • No amount of your analyzing, criticizing, judging, or hypothesizing will bring the peace you are looking for.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • hypothesizing = proposing seemingly reasonable, but unproven, ideas
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • We've made some hypotheses, some suppositions, but nobody really knows what the nests were like.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • hypotheses = ideas that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
  • So do their counterparts, so we can hypothesize that those are weapons or countermeasures against him.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
hypothesize = propose a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
2  —as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
Definition something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • 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?
hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Hypothetically speaking, if the company did downside and you lost your job, what would you do?
  • hypothetically = based on something that is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • Instead of talking about her specific situation, I asked her to consider a hypothetical situation with similar circumstances. It helped her to keep emotions under control as she thought about everyone's point-of-view.
  • hypothetical = something temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • Hypothetically speaking, if the stock market is efficient, we would expect indexed mutual funds to perform as well as managed mutual funds, but with less overhead.
  • hypothetically = based on something that is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • His extreme love of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from America.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  •   "Let's say I was smoking pot," Josie said.
      Her mother froze. "Is there something you want to tell me, Josie?"
      "God, Mom, I'm not doing it. This is hypothetical."
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • hypothetical = something temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • Now she had a working hypothesis.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a better.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
  • Hypothetical scenarios were a favourite thing of Crake's.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • hypothetical = temporarily treating something as true to advance discussion
  • This isn't just hypothetical. It's actually happened before that people got caught.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
hypothetical = something that has not happened, but could reasonably be expected to happen and is treated as though it did to advance conversation

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