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hypothesis
used in Atlas Shrugged

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
Definition
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  •   "There's a market for Rearden Metal and I intend to take full advantage of it."
      "Isn't the market somewhat hypothetical? The public response to your metal has not been encouraging."
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (32% in)
hypothetical = based on assumptions rather than facts
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I have a hypothesis about it-I'll explain it to you afterwards, when I've put it to the test.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (39% in)
  • hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea or explanation
  • Miss Taggart, I had been working on it for months, on that one particular hypothesis, and the more I worked, the more hopeless it seemed to become.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (25% in)
  • And all men use them, because they are true of being qua being...... For a principle which every one must have who understands anything that is, is not a hypothesis...... Evidently then such a principle is the most certain of all; which principle this is, let us proceed to say.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (95% in)

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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
  • "Miss Taggart," he asked sadly and cautiously, "would you say that if—this is just a hypothetical question—if the equipment now in use on the Rio Norte Line were made available, it would fill the needs of our transcontinental main-line traffic?"
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (35% in)
hypothetical = based on something temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • What hypothesis?
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (39% in)

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