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An assumption or theory.

During a criminal trial, a hypothesis is a theory set forth by either the prosecution or the defense for the purpose of explaining the facts in evidence. It also serves to set up a ground for an inference of guilt or innocence, or a showing of the most probable motive for a criminal offense.


noun assertion, assignment of cause, assumption, conclusion drawn from accepted truths, conjecture, deduction, guess, inference, postulate, postulation, speculation, suggestion, supposal, surmise, tentative explanation, tentative law, theory, thesis, unproved theory
See also: assumption, basis, belief, conclusion, conjecture, deduction, generalization, idea, inference, opinion, postulate, presumption, prolepsis, proposition, speculation, supposition, theory, thesis
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Research questions and hypotheses are used to guide the study and provide a framework for examining results.
To test the hypotheses, non-parametric statistical method namely, chi-square was used and the rejection level for zero hypotheses of the study was assumed at 5 percent.
A Bayesian may counter this by pointing out that science routinely interprets new data in the light of prior confidence in hypotheses.
The US NIH requires hypotheses for most of its grant applications (17-19).
Although informative tests of hypotheses are useful, especially in
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Of greater import is the requirement that hypotheses are stated a priori.
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While they are not confirmed and thus remain hypotheses in the scientific sense, O'Manique's scenarios attempt to get at actual human origins and, thereby, the real origins of justice.