Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See hypothesize.

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  • verb intransitive To believe or assert on uncertain grounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

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Examples

  • But although in those days we liked to hypothesise a lot, our conclusions lacked the necessary conviction that would lead to action.

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  • I'll hypothesise instead that intelligent conservatives stop giggling at the back are going to lean towards professions and careers they see as more lucrative than teaching, science, engineering and so on.

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  • In other words, the input yields its grammar without there being the need to hypothesise any “hard-wiring”.

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  • Some of my colleagues rather fancifully hypothesise that they were created in a lab somewhere by some genius Frankenstein looking to unleash new life into the world.

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  • Darwin's theory does not address the remarkable stability of the various species, only attempts to hypothesise how things have changed from monocellular to remarkably complex organisms.

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  • Two lovers at university hypothesise that mathematical axioms might have been a bit wobbly at the beginning of the universe, leading to other realities with different mathematical underpinnings.

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  • One might hypothesise, therefore, that Adrian has learnt something from his yachting research, which can be applied to good effect in setting-up a Formula 1 car for wet-weather conditions.

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  • If he was going to entertain outlandish theories, he might as well hypothesise that Logan and his kiddie-porn chums had been behind this Sanderson bloke's murder, as it would lend credence to their claims of innocence.

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  • For example, we can hypothesise that a significant turbine farm could shorten the stream's effective area by a couple kilometres; this would then affect that area by -- for example; there are infinite possibilities here -- causing a flow of cooler water into it.

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  • We can compare the genetic makeup of the founder population to the genetic makeup of the population we hypothesise is a new species.

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