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hypothesis
used in Middlemarch

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
  • He really believed in the spiritual advantages, and meant that his life henceforth should be the more devoted because of those later sins which he represented to himself as hypothetic, praying hypothetically for their pardon:—"if I have herein transgressed."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (93% in)
hypothetic = possibly real, but not known for sure to be real
  •   "...another man, who may flatter himself that he has a hold on her regard, might succeed in winning that firm place in her love as well as respect which you had let slip. ..."
      ... He had a horrible conviction that behind all this hypothetic statement there was a knowledge of some actual change in Mary's feeling.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (40% in)
hypothetic = possible or potential
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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
  • He really believed in the spiritual advantages, and meant that his life henceforth should be the more devoted because of those later sins which he represented to himself as hypothetic, praying hypothetically for their pardon:—"if I have herein transgressed."
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (93% in)

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