coun·​ter·​hy·​poth·​e·​sis ˌkau̇n-tər-hī-ˈpä-thə-səs How to pronounce counterhypothesis (audio)
variants or counter-hypothesis
plural counterhypotheses ˌkau̇n-tər-hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌsēz How to pronounce counterhypothesis (audio) or counter-hypotheses
: a hypothesis that contradicts another hypothesis
What can be said … of the conflicts that occur when traditional humanistic methods of interpretation run up against the questions, objections, and counterhypotheses of so-called revisionist art history?Mark Roskill
Science is a negotiation—an iterative process rooted in asking questions, in testing hypotheses and counter-hypotheses.Eric Holt Gimenez

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterhypothesis was in 1847

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“Counterhypothesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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