counterhypothesis

noun coun·ter·hy·poth·e·sis \ ˌkau̇n-tər-hī-ˈpä-thə-səs \
variants: or counter-hypothesis

Definition of counterhypothesis

plural counterhypotheses play \ˌkau̇n-tər-hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌsēz\ 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

First Known Use of counterhypothesis

1847

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