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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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