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Hypothesis

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.

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A hypothetical increase of the base case LGD by 25%, ceteris paribus, would lead to a downgrade of the Class A Notes at AAA (sf).
Under hypothetical scenario 1, we envision credible threats to block the strait or even a blockage put in place for a few days.
Compared with observed exposure, compliance with a hypothetical standard of 20 ppb NO2 was estimated to result in a 20 percent lower childhood asthma incidence.
"However, under a more severe hypothetical stress scenario (Scenario 2), which we believe is quite remote, we would expect to see more pronounced rating actions in our portfolio," it added.
The ratings agency said that most GCC governments possess sufficient liquid assets and foreign exchange reserves to support banks under S and P's hypothetical stress scenarios, but such support could weigh on some sovereigns' fiscal and external profiles.
Also, during the third day of exercises in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, the helicopter units of the Navy carried out heliborne operations and launched attacks and destroyed hypothetical enemy targets.
Hypothetical is a fun watch - the absurd questions range from, "You have to live in a motorway services for a year, how do you cope?" to "You have to take a selfie with Nicolas Cage within 48 hours or you die - how do you do it?" It means the guests having to think on their feet - especially with Josh and James throwing them curveballs...
'It doesn't matter who the President is,' said the senator, reiterating that his question was hypothetical.
The incorrect suggestions by Watson are being blamed on the hypothetical data that it had to work with.
20 ( ANI ): Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that the allegation made by the Congress party in the state Legislative Assembly that he had invited an associate company of PNB fraud case accused Nirav Modi, to invest in the state were 'baseless and hypothetical'.
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