1. (noun) A proposed and testable explanation between two or more variables that predicts an outcome or explains a phenomenon.
2. (noun) An assumption.
3. (noun) (informal) A guess to test.
Example: Reading sociology definitions will increase a person’s understanding of sociology.
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- Plural: hypotheses
- A hypothesis must have the capacity to be disconfirmed or proven false to have meaning. For example, “criminals” commit more crimes than “noncriminals” cannot be proven wrong.
- A hypothesis can either come from theory (deduction) or lead to theory (induction).
- A working hypothesis refers to a hypothesis that has not been fully tested and verified.
- Hypothesis testing is the process of testing a hypothesis in a scientific manner which requires a link between the concepts or variables under investigation and rigorous testing methodology.
- A (noun) hypothesist or (noun) hypothetist (verb) hypothesizes (adverb) hypothetically about social issues to create a (adjective) hypothetical or (adjective) hypothetic or (adjective) hypothistic explanations.