What is the meaning of hypothesis?


  • A proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations.
  • A tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena.
    • usage: "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"
  • A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.
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