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HYPOTHESIS (hypotheses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hypothesis mean? 

HYPOTHESIS (noun)
  The noun HYPOTHESIS has 3 senses:

1. a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
2. a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
3. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  Familiarity information: HYPOTHESIS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HYPOTHESIS (noun)


Sense 1hypothesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("hypothesis" is a kind of...):

proposal (something proposed (such as a plan or assumption))


Sense 2hypothesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

hypothesis; theory; possibility

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("hypothesis" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hypothesis"):

hypothetical (a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.)

framework; model; theoretical account (a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process)

conjecture; speculation (a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence))

assumption; supposal; supposition (a hypothesis that is taken for granted)

Holonyms ("hypothesis" is a part of...):

theory (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)


Sense 3hypothesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

guess; surmise; speculation; supposition; surmisal; conjecture; hypothesis

Hypernyms ("hypothesis" is a kind of...):

opinion; view (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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hypothesis"):

divination (successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck)


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