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Definition of 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

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.
Enrico Fermi

The materialistic point of view in psychology can claim, at best, only the value of an heuristic hypothesis.
Wilhelm Wundt

One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
Jean Rostand

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

The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion - these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.
Jerome Bruner
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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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