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matching hypothesis

Definition of Matching Hypothesis

(noun) The theory that people select romantic and sexual partners who have similar statuses such as physical attraction and social class.

Matching Hypothesis Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈmætʃɪŋ haɪˈpɑθəsəs/
    • British English
      • /ˈmatʃɪŋ hʌɪˈpɒθᵻsᵻs/
      • /ˈmatʃɪŋ hᵻˈpɒθᵻsᵻs/
  • Syllabification: (match·ing hy·poth·e·sis)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: matching hypotheses
  • A type of homogamy.
  • Also called matching phenomenon.

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Works Consulted

Branscombe, Nyla R., and Robert A. Baron. 2017. Social Psychology. 14th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson.

Encyclopædia Britannica. (N.d.) Britannica Digital Learning. (https://britannicalearn.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Matching Hypothesis

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “matching hypothesis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/matching-hypothesis/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

matching hypothesis. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/matching-hypothesis/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “matching hypothesis.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/matching-hypothesis/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“matching hypothesis.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/matching-hypothesis/>.