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hypothesis
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

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
  • A reasonable hypothesis, at least.
    21 — The Dialogue of Towers (61% in)

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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
  • A man who, by his very diligence, has begun to set people around him to talking and fretting against him, people who might, potentially ... Hypothetical, of course.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (94% in)
  • In the hypothetical usual case he feels a certain trifling longing for experience with women he is not married to—because a wife is a great responsibility, and that very sense of liberation, escape from parents, norms, old chains, which made sex an adventure when he married his wife, has become for him now a jailhouse.
    7 — The Dialogue on Wood and Stone (57% in)

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