Today’s word from the Academic Word List is
There are many forms of this word that you need to note, including: hypothesis, hypothesise, hypothetical and hypothetically
Hypotheses and theories
In less academic usage, theory and hypothesis are used almost identically. However, more academically, there is some distinction. Generally speaking, a hypothesis is an idea which is yet to be developed; whereas, a theory is a more developed idea which has perhaps already been tested.
form a hypothesis
test a hypothesis
support a hypothesis
confirm a hypothesis
a working hypothesis (something that appears to work even though it may need to be changed later)
This word is used to, in common language, to refer to things that don’t exist. We talk of
Very often this has the further meaning that these situations are in some way unimportant.