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hypothesis
used in Oryx and Crake

2 meanings, 8 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
  • Hypothesis, demonstration, conclusion, if A then not B.
    p. 218.7
hypothesis = an idea to be tested
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2  —6 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
  • Hypothetical scenarios were a favourite thing of Crake's.
    p. 210.2
hypothetical = temporarily treating something as true to advance discussion
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Or not with a capital N." Hypothetical
    p. 207.0
  • On the second to last evening, Crake said, "Let me walk you through a hypothetical scenario."
    p. 210.1
  • Nothing hypothetical here: that was what HelthWyzer actually did.
    p. 210.6
  • Then they'd load this hypothetical wonderkid up with their bloated expectations until the poor tyke burst under the strain.
    p. 250.5
  • He was thinking about his hypothetical brother, the one that wasn't born yet.
    p. 289.4

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • You could have an objective conversation with him, a conversation in which events and hypotheses were followed through to their logical conclusions.
    p. 69.5

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