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hypothesis

a prediction derived from theoretical analysis that is couched in a form precise enough to be subjected to testing against empirical data. In economics, hypotheses are generated by a process of logical deduction from sets of initial assumptions about the behaviour of consumers, producers, etc., and are generally tested by collecting economic data and using statistical techniques to analyse them. This testing can lead to modification of the economic theory in the light of the new economic data or to abandonment of that theory in favour of an alternative theory that better explains the facts. See HYPOTHESIS TESTING.
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We were having dinner and talking about it hypothetically, where we would be, but we're all older.
If the princess was hypothetically planning to move into one of these bungalows, these trees, I am, sure would have been attended to.
Is he really saying that even if, hypothetically, every single voter in Scotland voted SNP, he would still deny the party any chance of taking part in forming and pushing through mutually beneficial proposals?
Expression of genes hypothetically involved in the temperature adaptation will be also studied in different body tissues, after short and long term exposure to a temperature higher than natural.
Not being bound to how the mark is actually used, the TTAB essentially asks if the mark might hypothetically be used in a way that would cause confusion.
The challenge consisted of hypothetically competing for a contract with NASA, where the teams were responsible for representing a company that specialized in making robotic rovers.
It would not, the court hypothetically suggested, be an act of sexual assault if a man were to become a parent if a woman did not use birth control since men do not conceive, gestate and give birth.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could hypothetically have reached Kazakhstan's air space, but it would have been detected there, the Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee said in a detailed statement.
She also told the court that hypothetically, if there was a strong enough public interest for a story, she might have authorised hacking while she was editor.
Hypothetically, even if you sacked all 22 local authority CEOs, the saving would not be much more than PS5m.
Asked about the possibility of a war between India and Pakistan, Harf said: "I don't want to venture a guess hypothetically at what might - as to what might happen next.
Snowden could hypothetically stay in Russia if he: first, completely stops the activities harming our American partners and US-Russian relations and second, if he asks for this himself," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments quoted by Russian news agencies.