Meaning of HYPOTHESIS in English
/ haɪˈpɒθəsɪs; NAmE -ˈpɑːθ-/ noun ( pl. hy·poth·eses / -siːz; NAmE /)
[ C ] an idea or explanation of sth that is based on a few known facts but that has not yet been proved to be true or correct
SYN theory :
to formulate / confirm a hypothesis
a hypothesis about the function of dreams
[ U ] guesses and ideas that are not based on certain knowledge
SYN speculation :
It would be pointless to engage in hypothesis before we have the facts.
late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek hupothesis foundation, from hupo under + thesis placing.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005