Vocabulary Lesson Six
- 1. A theory or explanation that leads to further investigation for proof or disproof
- 2. An assumption on which a conclusion or decision is based
Roots, Origins, and Other Forms
- First known use in 1590s
- From Middle French hypothese and Late Latin hypothesis
- Originally from Greek hypothesis meaning: "base, basis of an argument" literally "a placing under"
Fun Fact: Narrower scientific sense is from 1640s
Alternate Forms: hypothesize (v.) hypothetical (adj.)
Synonyms and Antonyms
A) Michael's hypothesis that the rancid smell in the basement was from a dead rat in the air vent was proven correct when his father pulled it out.
B) The Vertical Angles hypothesis states that two angles opposite each other at an intersection of two lines are congruent.
C) There is much evidence today to support Charles Darwin's natural selection hypothesis.
D) A hypothesis is taught in many science classes as: "a testable prediction."