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Definition of Hypothesis

Hypothesis

  1. A supposition; a proposition or principle which is supposed or taken for granted, in order to draw a conclusion or inference for proof of the point in question; something not proved, but assumed for the purpose of argument, or to account for a fact or an occurrence; as, the hypothesis that head winds detain an overdue steamer.
  2. A tentative theory or supposition provisionally adopted to explain certain facts, and to guide in the investigation of others; hence, frequently called a working hypothesis.

Hypothesis Quotations

The word 'belief' is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it - I don't need to believe it.
Carl Jung

My working hypothesis is that stupidity in popular culture is a constant. Popular culture cannot get more stupid.
P. J. O'Rourke

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience.
Milton Friedman

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
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Hypothesis Translations

hypothesis in Dutch is hypothese, onderstelling
hypothesis in German is Hypothese
hypothesis in Italian is ipotesi
hypothesis in Norwegian is hypotese
hypothesis in Swedish is hypotes

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