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hypothesis
used in The Hound of the Baskervilles

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
Definition
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • But we are bound to exhaust all other hypotheses before falling back upon this one.
    Chapter 3 — The Problem (85% in)
hypotheses = explanations that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
There are no more uses of "hypothesis" flagged with this meaning in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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2  —2 uses 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
  • Supposing that anything happened to our young friend here—you will forgive the unpleasant hypothesis!
    Chapter 5 — Three Broken Threads (42% in)
hypothesis = something that may or may not happen, but is temporarily treated as though it will happen to investigate possible outcomes
  • And if we take this as a working hypothesis we have a fresh basis from which to start our construction of this unknown visitor.
    Chapter 1 — Mr. Sherlock Holmes (35% in)
hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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