What does hypothesis mean


A hypothesis is an unproven assumption or assertion that still needs proof. The term can often be found in a scientific context, but also in educational language.

The noun is based on the Greek ypóthesis (assume, explain).


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Phonetic transcription (IPA):[ˌHypoˈteːzə]

Usage examples

For his hypothesis To prove it, he had to repeat the experiment at least fifty times.

The American Clay Mathematics Institute had the hypothesis Declared one of seven millennium math problems in 2000 and announced a million dollar prize for its solution. In 2010, Perelman turned down this sum as well, a shock to the public. How can someone be so brilliant and at the same time so stupid?
- Stefan Scholl, He just wants to calculate, Brandeins, 11/2011

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