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Hypothetically Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    hypothetically adv : by hypothesis
Hypothetically Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Hypothetic \Hy`po*thet"ic\, Hypothetical \Hy`po*thet"ic*al\, a. [L. hypotheticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. hypoth['e]tique.] Characterized by, or of the nature of, an hypothesis; conditional; assumed without proof, for the purpose of reasoning and deducing proof, or of accounting for some fact or phenomenon. Causes hypothetical at least, if not real, for the various phenomena of the existence of which our experience informs us. --Sir W. Hamilton. Hypothetical baptism (Ch. of Eng.), baptism administered to persons in respect to whom it is doubtful whether they have or have not been baptized before. --Hook. -- Hy`po*thet"ic*al*ly, adv. --South.
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An hypothesis (from Greek ὑπόθεσις; plural hypotheses) is a proposed explanation for an observable phenomenon. The term derives from the Greek, ὑποτιθέναι – hypotithenai meaning "to put under" or "to suppose." For a hypothesis to be put forward as a scientific hypothesis, the scientific method requires that one can test it. Scientists generally base scientific hypotheses on previous observations that cannot satisfactorily be explained with the available scientific theories. Even though the words "hypothesis" and "theory" are often used synonymously in common and informal usage, a scientific hypothesis is not the same as a scientific theory. A working hypothesis is a provisionally accepted hypothesis.

In a related but distinguishable usage, the term hypothesis is used for the antecedent of a proposition; thus in proposition "If P, then Q", P denotes the hypothesis (or antecedent); Q can be called a consequent. P is the assumption in a (possibly counterfactual) What If question.

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  • Washington County commission to consider adjusting redistricting process with charter amendment
    Hypothetically, the difference between the number of people in Bob Terry's and Roy Rogers' districts on the Washington County Board of Commissioners could be more than the number of people who live in Sherwood, and the boundaries between the districts wouldn't have to be re-drawn. Read more on this news related to 'Hypothetically'
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    In the discussion on rising interest rates, the real question isn't if they will rise, it is when. Given this reality, it is worthwhile to evaluate the risk of owning bond mutual funds versus individual bonds in a rising interest rate environment. One basic principle of bonds is that when interest rates rise, the value of individual bonds typically declines. H Read more on this news related to 'Hypothetically'

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