Associations to the word «Hypothesis»

Wiktionary

HYPOTHESIS, noun. (sciences) Used loosely, a tentative conjecture explaining an observation, phenomenon or scientific problem that can be tested by further observation, investigation and/or experimentation. As a scientific term of art, see the attached quotation. Compare to theory, and quotation given there.
HYPOTHESIS, noun. (general) An assumption taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation.
HYPOTHESIS, noun. (grammar) The antecedent of a conditional statement.

Dictionary definition

HYPOTHESIS, noun. A proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations.
HYPOTHESIS, noun. A tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices".
HYPOTHESIS, noun. A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne