hypothesis

[ hahy-poth-uh-sis, hi- ]SEE DEFINITION OF hypothesis
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Every one must admit, I think, that what Tolstoi has said of the hypothesis of the play is justified.

Either view of the matter will serve one in immediate need of an hypothesis.

And the construction of any hypothesis whatever is the work of the imagination.

Of the correctness of this hypothesis it is unnecessary to speak.

No hypothesis he could form even remotely approached an explanation.

But against the Darwinian hypothesis this argument has no force.

This hypothesis was so improbable that Darwin himself was forced to recognize it.

What meaning has this fact upon any other hypothesis or supposition than one of successive modification?

But he could show nothing of the kind, and his hypothesis has pretty well dropped into oblivion, as it deserved to do.

One fact with which it is positively inconsistent is worth as much, and as powerful in negativing the hypothesis, as five hundred.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Middle French hypothese and directly from Late Latin hypothesis, from Greek hypothesis "base, basis of an argument, supposition," literally "a placing under," from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + thesis "a placing, proposition" (see thesis). A term in logic; narrower scientific sense is from 1640s.

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