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theory

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  1. 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 Synonyms of theory hypothesis, proposition, supposition, thesis Words Related to theory assumption, concession, premise (also premiss), presumption, presupposition, theorem; conjecture, generalization, guess, guesswork, inference, speculation, surmise; proffer, proposal, suggestion; feeling, hunch, impression, inkling, notion, suspicion; abstraction, concept, conception, construct Near Antonyms of theory assurance, certainty, fact, knowledge

Synonym Discussion of theory

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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