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hypothesis
used in The Mill on the Floss

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1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
Definition
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • There was something rather bold in Miss Tulliver's direct gaze, and something undefinably coarse in the style of her beauty, which placed her, in the opinion of all feminine judges, far below her cousin Miss Deane; for the ladies of St. Ogg's had now completely ceded to Lucy their hypothetic claims on the admiration of Mr. Stephen Guest.
    6.9 -- Book 6 Chapter 9 -- Charity in Full-Dress (18% in)
hypothetic = possibly real, but not known for sure to be real
  • It is clear that the irascible miller was a man to interpret any chance-shot that grazed him as an attempt on his own life, and was liable to entanglements in this puzzling world, which, due consideration had to his own infallibility, required the hypothesis of a very active diabolical agency to explain them.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (43% in)

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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • "Is it the tipsy-cake, then?" said Maggie, exerting her hypothetic powers, while she leaned forward toward Tom with her eyes fixed on the hovering knife.
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (30% in)
  • But no; Tom had never heard that these measures would brighten the understanding, or strengthen the verbal memory; and he was not given to hypothesis and experiment.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (46% in)

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