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theory

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an idea that is the starting point for making a case or conducting an investigation
  • She set out to prove her theory that people can't really taste any difference between colas, so they buy according to the product's image.
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hypothesis, theory, law 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
theory implies a greater range of evidence and greater likelihood of truth.
    • the theory of evolution
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

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