hy·​po·​thet·​i·​co-de·​duc·​tive ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-ti-ˌkō-di-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce hypothetico-deductive (audio)
: relating to, being, or making use of the method of proposing hypotheses and testing their acceptability or falsity by determining whether their logical consequences are consistent with observed data

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypothetico-deductive was in 1912

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“Hypothetico-deductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothetico-deductive. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


hy·​po·​thet·​i·​co-de·​duc·​tive ˌhī-pə-ˈthet-i-ˌkō-di-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce hypothetico-deductive (audio)
: of or relating to scientific method in which hypotheses suggested by the facts of observation are proposed and consequences deduced from them so as to test the hypotheses and evaluate the consequences
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