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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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As reiterated above, without being prejudiced to anyone, let us hypothetically assume that PML-N party leader is removed by act of law or God which has occurred (as Mr Shahbaz Sharif has been arrested) The answer to that lies again the selection of the party head or appointment of the leader in a political party.
Thinking hypothetically, I just have to ask: Based on Jeff Session quoting the Apostle Paul in Roman 13 that we citizens need "...to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," would he say that would have been true in Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia and now in Kim Jong Un's North Korea?
I once asked her about dating her brother (hypothetically) and she seemed very resistant.What do you think I should do to make her see that I look at her brother as a man and a potential boyfriend?That's a tricky one.
Buta Airways' representative said the project would've been hypothetically economically viable, even if it was independent of AZAL's support.
A TV special features Harper Collins publisher Judith Regan, who spoke to OJ in 2006 to promote his book If I Did It, where he hypothetically discusses how he would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Hypothetically, let's take the case of a supermarket opening up in a new centre or development; of course they will pick up new business but most of the sales will be displaced sales.
Statistics Korea said this is the first time that the amount of debt each household hypothetically owes has gone over 70 million won.
There are foods you could hypothetically eat endlessly without sabotaging your diet.
The actress revealed that she and her co-star, David Hernie, talked about it hypothetically and shared ideas on what could happen to their characters in present time.
"Just to be clear, I'm talking hypothetically; there's Sergio (Busquets) and two articulators, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Andres) Iniesta, who are the thinkers of the team.
University of Montreal assistant professor, Dr Frederick Mallette, told OT that, hypothetically, diabetic retinopathy could be triggering one of the body's cancer-protection responses, hence the production of these damaging molecules.