Definition of

Hypothesis

  1. (noun, cognition) a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
    he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices
  2. (noun, communication) a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  3. (noun, communication) a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations

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Origin of the word Hypothesis

  1. 1590s, from M.Fr. hypothese, from L.L. hypothesis, from Gk. hypothesis "base, basis of an argument, supposition," lit. "a placing under," from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + thesis "a placing, proposition" (see thesis). A term in logic; narrower scientific sense is from 1640s. more

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