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Definition 1: a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hypothesis or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory
  • he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices

Synonyms for hypothesis in the sense of this definition

(hypothesis is a kind of ...) an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.

"consider the following, just as a hypothetical"

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) the physically discrete element that Darwin proposed as responsible for heredity

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

"the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

"speculations about the outcome of the election" "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) a hypothesis that is taken for granted

"any society is built upon certain assumptions"

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history

(... is part of hypothesis) a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena

"theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses" "true in fact and theory"

Definition 2: a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations - [noun denoting communication]

(hypothesis is a kind of ...) something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

Definition 3: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for hypothesis in the sense of this definition

(hypothesis is a kind of ...) a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

"his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

(... is a kind of hypothesis ) successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck

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