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hypothesis
used in In Cold Blood

3 uses
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Definition
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
  • The hypothesis of unconscious motivation explains why the murderers perceived innocuous and relatively unknown victims as provocative and thereby suitable targets for aggression.
    4 — The Corner (54% in)
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, explanation
  • Dewey-and the majority of his colleagues, as well-favored the second hypothesis, which in many essentials followed the first, the important difference being that the killer was not alone but had an accomplice, who helped subdue the family, tape, and tie them.
    2 — Persons Unknown (7% in)
  • hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, explanation
  • The history relating to extreme violence, whether fantasied, observed in reality, or actually experienced by the child, fits in with the psychoanalytic hypothesis that the child's exposure to overwhelming stimuli, before he can master them, is closely linked to early defects in ego formation and later severe disturbances in impulse control.
    4 — The Corner (53% in)
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
There are no more uses of "hypothesis" in In Cold Blood.

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