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NOUN (3)

1. a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations;

2. a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena;
- Example: "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"
- Example: "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
[syn: hypothesis, possibility, theory]

3. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence;
[syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hypothesis \Hy*poth"e*sis\, n.; pl. Hypotheses. [NL., fr. Gr. ? foundation, supposition, fr. ? to place under, ? under + ? to put. See Hypo-, Thesis.] 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. [1913 Webster] An hypothesis being a mere supposition, there are no other limits to hypotheses than those of the human imagination. --J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster] 2. (Natural Science) 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. Syn: Supposition; assumption. See Theory. [1913 Webster] Nebular hypothesis. See under Nebular. Hypothetic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hypothesis n 1: a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations 2: a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices" [syn: hypothesis, possibility, theory] 3: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence [syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

48 Moby Thesaurus words for "hypothesis": a priori principle, affirmation, apriorism, assertion, assumed position, assumption, axiom, basis, categorical proposition, conjecture, data, first principles, foundation, ground, guesswork, hypothesis ad hoc, inference, lemma, major premise, minor premise, philosopheme, philosophical proposition, position, postulate, postulation, postulatum, premise, premiss, presumption, presupposal, presupposition, proposition, propositional function, set of postulates, speculation, statement, sumption, supposal, supposing, supposition, surmise, theorem, theory, thesis, truth table, truth-function, truth-value, working hypothesis