noun, plural hy·poth·e·ses [hahy-poth-uh-seez, hi-]. /haɪˈpɒθ əˌsiz, hɪ-/.
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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.
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Example sentences from the Web for hypothesis
Each one is a set of questions we’re fascinated by and hypotheses we’re testing.
Mousa’s research hinges on the “contact hypothesis,” the idea that positive interactions among rival group members can reduce prejudices.Interfaith soccer teams eased Muslim-Christian tensions — to a point|Sujata Gupta|August 13, 2020|Science News
Do more research on it, come up with a hypothesis as to why it underperforms, and try to improve it.Guide: How to effectively incorporate customer journey mapping into your marketing strategy|Connie Benton|July 14, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Now is the time to test your hypotheses to figure out what’s changing in your customers’ worlds, and address these topics directly.The three most critical marketing metrics to measure right now|Adam Masur|July 2, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Whether computing power alone is enough to fuel continued machine learning breakthroughs is a source of debate, but it seems clear we’ll be able to test the hypothesis.The World’s New Fastest Supercomputer Is an Exascale Machine for AI|Jason Dorrier|June 25, 2020|Singularity Hub
Though researchers have struggled to understand exactly what contributes to this gender difference, Dr. Rohan has one hypothesis.
The leading hypothesis for the ultimate source of the Ebola virus, and where it retreats in between outbreaks, lies in bats.
In 1996, John Paul II called the Big Bang theory “more than a hypothesis.”
To be clear: There have been no double-blind or controlled studies that conclusively confirm this hair-loss hypothesis.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bacteria-driven-ritual hypothesis ignores the huge diversity of reasons that could push someone to perform a religious ritual.The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?|Michael Schulson|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And remember it is by our hypothesis the best possible form and arrangement of that lesson.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Taken in connection with what we know of the nebulæ, the proof of Laplace's nebular hypothesis may fairly be regarded as complete.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
What has become of the letter from M. de St. Mars, said to have been discovered some years ago, confirming this last hypothesis?
To admit that there had really been any communication between the dead man and the living one is also an hypothesis.Urania|Camille Flammarion
"I consider it highly probable," asserted Aunt Maria, forgetting her Scandinavian hypothesis.Overland|John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for hypothesis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Derived forms of hypothesishypothesist, noun
Word Origin for hypothesis
Medical definitions for hypothesis
n. pl. hy•poth•e•ses (-sēz′)
Other words from hypothesishy′po•thet′i•cal (hī′pə-thĕt′ĭ-kəl) adj.
Scientific definitions for hypothesis
Plural hypotheses (hī-pŏth′ĭ-sēz′)
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.)