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theory

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an idea that is the starting point for making a case or conducting an investigation
  • 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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The first known use of theory was in 1592

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“Theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/theory. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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