### discourse

### essays

### exposition

- account
- analysis
- annotation
- article
- comment
- commentary
- composition
- construal
- construction
- critique
- delineation
- details
- discourse
- discussion
- disquisition
- dissertation
- editorial
- elucidation
- enucleation
- enunciation
- essay
- exegesis
- explanation
- explication
- exposé
- expounding
- history
- illustration
- interpretation
- monograph
- paper
- piece
- position paper
- presentation
- report
- review
- statement
- story
- study
- tale
- text
- theme
- thesis
- tract
- tractate
- treatise

### guess

- assumption
- ballpark figure
- conclusion
- conjecture
- deduction
- divination
- estimate
- fancy
- feeling
- guesstimate
- guesswork
- hunch
- hypothesis
- induction
- inference
- judgment
- notion
- opinion
- postulate
- postulation
- prediction
- presumption
- presupposition
- reckoning
- shot
- shot in the dark
- sneaking suspicion
- stab
- supposal
- supposition
- surmisal
- surmise
- suspicion
- theory
- thesis
- view

### guesses

- assumption
- ballpark figure
- conclusion
- conjecture
- deduction
- divination
- estimate
- fancy
- feeling
- guesstimate
- guesswork
- hunch
- hypothesis
- induction
- inference
- judgment
- notion
- opinion
- postulate
- postulation
- prediction
- presumption
- presupposition
- reckoning
- shot
- shot in the dark
- sneaking suspicion
- stab
- supposal
- supposition
- surmisal
- surmise
- suspicion
- theory
- thesis
- view

### hypotheses

- antecedent
- apriority
- assignment
- assumption
- attribution
- axiom
- basis
- belief
- conclusion
- condition
- conjecture
- data
- deduction
- demonstration
- derivation
- explanation
- foundation
- ground
- guess
- inference
- interpretation
- layout
- lemma
- philosophy
- plan
- position
- postulate
- premise
- presupposition
- principle
- proposal
- proposition
- rationale
- reason
- scheme
- shot in the dark
- speculation
- starting point
- suggestion
- supposition
- surmise
- system
- tentative law
- term
- theorem
- thesis

### hypothesis

- antecedent
- apriority
- assignment
- assumption
- attribution
- axiom
- basis
- belief
- conclusion
- condition
- conjecture
- data
- deduction
- demonstration
- derivation
- explanation
- foundation
- ground
- guess
- inference
- interpretation
- layout
- lemma
- philosophy
- plan
- position
- postulate
- premise
- presupposition
- principle
- proposal
- proposition
- rationale
- reason
- scheme
- shot in the dark
- speculation
- starting point
- suggestion
- supposition
- surmise
- system
- tentative law
- term
- theorem
- thesis

## Word Origin & History

late 14c., "unaccented syllable or note," from Latin thesis "unaccented syllable in poetry," later "stressed part of a metrical foot," from Greek thesis "a proposition," also "downbeat" (in music), originally "a setting down or placing," from root of tithenai "to place, put, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Sense in logic of "a proposition, statement to be proved" is first recorded 1570s; that of "dissertation written by a candidate for a university degree" is from 1650s.

## Example Sentences for thesis

The mere exposition of a thesis would have little or no value.

It merely proves that Dannar's statement in the preface of his Thesis is correct.

Of this discovery, the first distinct assertion is contained in the thesis of Protagoras.

But I would say that your thesis has a remarkably low index of probability.

You are obliged to defend a thesis you do not understand, by arguments you cannot measure.

I mean that, without conceding the point, it's a thesis I'll not argue.

That thesis will make or mar you as far as your first job goes.

He wrote a thesis on the lyric poetry of our country comparing it with that of Europe.

The negative part of Dilke's thesis is perhaps the more plausible.

I abandon a thesis for lack of words that shall supply my reasons.