Synonyms & Antonyms of hypothesis

an idea that is the starting point for making a case or conducting an investigation
  • working on the hypothesis that teenagers function better in the late morning, some high schools are starting classes later

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How does the noun hypothesis differ from other similar words?

The words law and theory are common synonyms of hypothesis. While all three words mean "a formula derived by inference from scientific data that explains a principle operating in nature," hypothesis implies insufficient evidence to provide more than a tentative explanation.

a hypothesis explaining the extinction of the dinosaurs

When can law be used instead of hypothesis?

The synonyms law and hypothesis are sometimes interchangeable, but law implies a statement of order and relation in nature that has been found to be invariable under the same conditions.

the law of gravitation

In what contexts can theory take the place of hypothesis?

The words theory and hypothesis can be used in similar contexts, but theory implies a greater range of evidence and greater likelihood of truth.

the theory of evolution

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The first known use of hypothesis was in 1641

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“Hypothesis.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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