n. assumption; theory
n. tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation
A hypothesis is a tentative statement that proposes a possible.
In most cases, according to one hypothesis, a dying star produces a black hole without a bang or a flash.
Sentence in Classic:
One is this hypothesis: that every physical quality admired by men in women is in direct connexion with the manifold functions of women for the propagation of the species.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
By the method of exclusion, I had arrived at this result, for no other hypothesis would meet the facts.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
No, sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that hypothesis will lead us.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Each may form his own hypothesis upon the present evidence, and yours is as likely to be correct as mine.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The theory that this connection is based on the transference of the collective will of a people to certain historical personages is an hypothesis unconfirmed by the experience of history.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
But if such an hypothesis be indeed exceptionable, there were still additional considerations which, though not so strictly according with the wildness of his ruling passion, yet were by no means incapable of swaying him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
And if we take this as a working hypothesis we have a fresh basis from which to start our construction of this unknown visitor.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context
Among his equals, never was a man more just and generous; but he considered the negro, through all possible gradations of color, as an intermediate link between man and animals, and graded all his ideas of justice or generosity on this hypothesis.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Context