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Another word for theory

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Noun
  1. Abstract reasoning

      1. Reasoning based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or supposition.
      2. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
      3. Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
      1. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
      2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
      3. To judge or conclude by conjecture; guess:
  2. A belief used as the basis for action

      1. A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
      2. Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
      3. The antecedent of a conditional statement.
  3. Something taken to be true without proof

    See also:

    reason

Another word for theory

Noun
  1. Principles

    See also:

    law

  2. Something to be proved

      1. A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof:
      2. A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert:
      3. A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing:
      1. Reasoning based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or supposition.
      2. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
      3. Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
      1. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
      2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
      3. To judge or conclude by conjecture; guess:
      1. The act of taking to or upon oneself:
      2. The act of taking possession or asserting a claim:
      3. The act of taking for granted:
      1. A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
      2. Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
      3. The antecedent of a conditional statement.

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