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hypothesis
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that...
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (17% in)
hypothetically = based on an idea that seems reasonable, but is unproven
  • But if such an hypothesis be indeed exceptionable, there were still additional considerations which, though not so strictly according with the wildness of his ruling passion, yet were by no means incapable of swaying him.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (3% in)
  • hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
  • ...it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (20% in)
  • hypothetically = based on an idea that seems reasonable, but is unproven
  • Still, we can hypothesize, even if we cannot prove and establish.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (19% in)
  • hypothesize = propose a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea based upon known facts
  • My hypothesis is this: that the spout is nothing but mist.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (19% in)
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
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