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hypothesis
used in Great Expectations

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
Definition
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • You say they are marks of finger-nails, and you set up the hypothesis that she destroyed her child.
    Chapter 48 (92% in)
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
  • You must accept all consequences of that hypothesis.
    Chapter 48 (93% in)
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
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2  —1 use 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
  • 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.
    Chapter 4 (56% in)
hypothetical = something temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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