Origin of hypothesis
synonym study for hypothesis
OTHER WORDS FROM hypothesishy·poth·e·sist, nouncoun·ter·hy·poth·e·sis, noun, plural coun·ter·hy·poth·e·ses.sub·hy·poth·e·sis, noun, plural sub·hy·poth·e·ses.
How to use hypothesis in a sentence
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
These agents were trained to solve cases, not test hypotheses.
The whole point of deriving predictions in science is to test models, hypotheses, theories.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang|Karl W. Giberson|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three individuals whose fervent belief in their inventions, hypotheses, and God led them to take chances others might not.
But if we reward only those who generate interesting results, rather than interesting hypotheses, we are asking for trouble.How Social Scientists, and the Rest of Us, Got Seduced By a Good Story|Megan McArdle|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the letter was safe enough; not the least likely to come into dangerous hands, in spite of Chloe's absurd hypotheses.Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Of the laws and hypotheses concerning gases, the one that is perhaps of most importance to chemistry is Avogadro's hypothesis.
According to the foregoing remarks, hypotheses are invented to enable the Deductive Method to be earlier applied to phenomena.
Such were the different false hypotheses which Kepler made respecting the law of the refraction of light.
Like all sceptical hypotheses, it is logically tenable, but uninteresting.The Analysis of Mind|Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for hypothesis
Derived forms of hypothesishypothesist, noun
Word Origin for hypothesis
Medical definitions for hypothesis
Other words from hypothesishy′po•thet′i•cal (hī′pə-thĕt′ĭ-kəl) adj.
Scientific definitions for hypothesis
The words hypothesis, law, and theory refer to different kinds of statements, or sets of statements, that scientists make about natural phenomena. A hypothesis is a proposition that attempts to explain a set of facts in a unified way. It generally forms the basis of experiments designed to establish its plausibility. Simplicity, elegance, and consistency with previously established hypotheses or laws are also major factors in determining the acceptance of a hypothesis. Though a hypothesis can never be proven true (in fact, hypotheses generally leave some facts unexplained), it can sometimes be verified beyond reasonable doubt in the context of a particular theoretical approach. A scientific law is a hypothesis that is assumed to be universally true. A law has good predictive power, allowing a scientist (or engineer) to model a physical system and predict what will happen under various conditions. New hypotheses inconsistent with well-established laws are generally rejected, barring major changes to the approach. An example is the law of conservation of energy, which was firmly established but had to be qualified with the revolutionary advent of quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. A theory is a set of statements, including laws and hypotheses, that explains a group of observations or phenomena in terms of those laws and hypotheses. A theory thus accounts for a wider variety of events than a law does. Broad acceptance of a theory comes when it has been tested repeatedly on new data and been used to make accurate predictions. Although a theory generally contains hypotheses that are still open to revision, sometimes it is hard to know where the hypothesis ends and the law or theory begins. Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, for example, consists of statements that were originally considered to be hypotheses (and daring at that). But all the hypotheses of relativity have now achieved the authority of scientific laws, and Einstein's theory has supplanted Newton's laws of motion. In some cases, such as the germ theory of infectious disease, a theory becomes so completely accepted, it stops being referred to as a theory.
Cultural definitions for hypothesis
plur. hypotheses (heye-poth-uh-seez)
In science, a statement of a possible explanation for some natural phenomenon. A hypothesis is tested by drawing conclusions from it; if observation and experimentation show a conclusion to be false, the hypothesis must be false. (See scientific method and theory.)