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Theory
n. [abstract knowledge and hypothesis]
theory
n. a belief that can guide behavior; "the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"
theory
n. a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
theory, possibility, hypothesis
n. a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
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construct, conception, concept
n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
political theory, political orientation, ideology
n. an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
rule, principle
n. a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
rule, principle
n. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
rule, principle
n. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
posit, postulate
n. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning
premiss, assumption, premise
n. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
theorem
n. an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth
philosophy
n. any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation; "self-indulgence was his only philosophy"; "my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"
political theory, political orientation, ideology
n. an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
posture, position
n. a rationalized mental attitude
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