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The system of courts in which such rules are referred to in defending one's rights, securing justice, etc.
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  1. The system of courts in which such rules are referred to in defending one's rights, securing justice, etc.
  2. A statement that describes invariable relationships among phenomena under a specified set of conditions. Boyle's law, for instance, describes what will happen to the volume of an ideal gas if its pressure changes and its temperature remains the same. The conditions under which some physical laws hold are idealized (for example, there are no ideal gases in the real world), thus some physical laws apply universally but only approximately.
  3. The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system:
Facts that can be analyzed or used in an effort to gain knowledge or make decisions; information.
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  1. Facts that can be analyzed or used in an effort to gain knowledge or make decisions; information.
  2. Statistics or other information represented in a form suitable for processing by computer.
The fundamental principle.
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  1. The fundamental principle.
  2. A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
  3. The fundamental principle or theory, as of a system of knowledge
An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective:
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  1. An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective:
  2. A proposed or intended course of action:
  3. A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline:
(Eccles.) Appointment to an office; esp., advance appointment by the pope to a see or benefice that is not yet vacant
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  1. (Eccles.) Appointment to an office; esp., advance appointment by the pope to a see or benefice that is not yet vacant
  2. The act of making preparations for a possible or future event or situation:
  3. A particular requirement in a law, rule, agreement, or document:
Plural form of idea
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The act of formularizing; a formularized or formulated statement or exhibition.
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  1. The act of formularizing; a formularized or formulated statement or exhibition.
  1. Systematization
  2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
A method or plan of classification or arrangement
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  1. A method or plan of classification or arrangement
  2. A set of facts, principles, rules, etc. classified or arranged in a regular, orderly form so as to show a logical plan linking the various parts
  3. An organized set of interrelated ideas or principles:
The process of precisely formulating a statement, as a code of laws.
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  1. The process of precisely formulating a statement, as a code of laws.
  2. The process of codifying existing statutes or an existing body of law into a code. The process of codifying existing statutes or an existing body of law into a code.
The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code . Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code .
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  1. The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code . Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code .
  2. A binary system for converting information, data, etc. into a form for use in computers, telecommunications, etc.
  3. A string of characters in such a system, constituting data, programming, etc.
A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
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  1. A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
  2. A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood:
  3. The section of an appellate or trial brief in which a party pre-sents its interpretation of the law.
A legal proceeding.
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  1. A legal proceeding.
  2. An answer in an equity case telling why a suit should be barred, delayed, or dismissed.
  3. A special answer in an equity action, setting forth in lieu of a detailed response a basis for dismissing, delaying, or barring the suit.
An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts:
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  1. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts:
  2. An orderly combination of things on a definite plan; system
  3. A chart, diagram, or outline of a system or object.
Of evidence, that it indicates or leads to the admissibility of other evidence; a nonprofit organization created to fund or promote charitable causes. Of evidence, that it indicates or leads to the admissibility of other evidence; a nonprofit organization created to fund or promote charitable causes.
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  1. Of evidence, that it indicates or leads to the admissibility of other evidence; a nonprofit organization created to fund or promote charitable causes. Of evidence, that it indicates or leads to the admissibility of other evidence; a nonprofit organization created to fund or promote charitable causes.
  2. The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance.
  3. An organization established to maintain, assist, or finance institutions or projects of a social, educational, charitable, religious, etc. nature, as by the making of grants
A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something:
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  1. A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something:
  2. The procedures and techniques characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge:
  3. Regularity and orderliness in action, thought, or expression; system in doing things or handling ideas
An advance or overture made by one person to another.
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  1. An advance or overture made by one person to another.
  2. (Aeron.) The act of bringing an aircraft into position for landing, bombing a target, etc.
  3. The method used in dealing with or accomplishing:
A point of view; an attitude:
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  1. A point of view; an attitude:
  2. Expectation for the future:
  3. An attitude or point of view.
Something taught as the principles or creed of a religion, political party, etc.; tenet or tenets; belief; dogma
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  1. Something taught as the principles or creed of a religion, political party, etc.; tenet or tenets; belief; dogma
  2. A principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief, as by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group; dogma.
  3. A rule or principle of law, especially when established by precedent.
(Eccles.) A doctrine or body of doctrines formally and authoritatively affirmed
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  1. (Eccles.) A doctrine or body of doctrines formally and authoritatively affirmed
  2. A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a religion.
  3. A principle or statement of ideas, or a group of such principles or statements, especially when considered to be authoritative or accepted uncritically:
The fundamental reasons for something; the basis:
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  1. The fundamental reasons for something; the basis:
  2. A statement, exposition, or explanation of reasons or principles
A philosophical, religious, or mythical explanation of the nature and structure of the universe.
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  1. A philosophical, religious, or mythical explanation of the nature and structure of the universe.
  2. A specific theory or model of the origin and evolution of the universe.
  3. The scientific study of the form, content, organization, and evolution of the universe
The general principles or laws of a field of knowledge, activity, etc.
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  1. The general principles or laws of a field of knowledge, activity, etc.
  2. A particular system of principles for the conduct of life
  3. A system of thought based on or involving such study:
A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
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  1. A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
  2. A statement that explains or makes generalizations about a set of facts or principles, usually forming a basis for possible experiments to confirm its viability.
  3. An unproved theory, proposition, supposition, etc. tentatively accepted to explain certain facts or (working hypothesis) to provide a basis for further investigation, argument, etc.
The act of taking possession or asserting a claim:
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  1. The act of taking possession or asserting a claim:
  2. The act of taking to or upon oneself:
  3. The act of taking for granted:
An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
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  1. An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
  2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
  3. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
(--- Archaic) Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
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  1. (--- Archaic) Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
  2. The act of speculating in stocks, land, etc.
  3. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
The prevailing view:
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  1. The prevailing view:
  2. A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing:
  3. A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert:
An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
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  1. An inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
  2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
  3. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
A thought or conjecture
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  1. A thought or conjecture
  2. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
  3. (--- Archaic) Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
A statement that explains or makes generalizations about a set of facts or principles, usually forming a basis for possible experiments to confirm its viability.
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  1. A statement that explains or makes generalizations about a set of facts or principles, usually forming a basis for possible experiments to confirm its viability.
  2. A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
  3. An unproved theory, proposition, supposition, etc. tentatively accepted to explain certain facts or (working hypothesis) to provide a basis for further investigation, argument, etc.
Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition:
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  1. Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition:
  2. The act of taking for granted:
  3. The act of taking to or upon oneself:
(Mathematics) An axiom.
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  1. (Mathematics) An axiom.
  2. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument:
  3. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
(Logic) Something self-evident that can be assumed as the basis of an argument
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  1. (Logic) Something self-evident that can be assumed as the basis of an argument
(Logic) One of the propositions in a deductive argument.
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  1. (Logic) One of the propositions in a deductive argument.
  2. A previous statement or assertion that serves as the basis for an argument
  3. A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
Something supposed; assumption; hypothesis
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  1. Something supposed; assumption; hypothesis
  2. The act of supposing
A formal and lengthy research paper, esp. a work of original research written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree
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  1. A formal and lengthy research paper, esp. a work of original research written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree
  2. A proposition that is maintained by argument.
  3. An unproved statement assumed as a premise

Synonym Study

  • Law implies an exact formulation of the principle operating in a sequence of events in nature, observed to occur with unvarying uniformity under the same conditions the law of the conservation of energy
  • Hypothesis refers to an explanation that is tentatively inferred, often as a basis for further experimentation, but that is not fully supported by evidence the nebular hypothesis
  • Theory , in scientific or technical use, refers to a general principle or set of principles, based on considerable evidence, formulated to explain the operation of certain phenomena the theory of evolution, though it is often loosely used to mean a mere conjecture, guess, or hypothesis
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