hypothesis vs working hypothesis

Discussion in 'English Only' started by andersxman, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. andersxman Senior Member

    What difference is there between a hypothesis and a working hypothesis?

    The latter doesn't come up on the dictionaries I've consultet. Is it called working hypothesis because it is liable to be changed as work progresses or something like that?
  2. virtdave Senior Member

    english, USA
    I think you've got it. A working hypothesis is an hypothesis one assumes for the purposes of a task. A plain old (vanilla, see a previous thread on this) hypothesis might be only for the purposes of thinking generally.
  3. TrentinaNE Senior Member

    English (American)
  4. smarcelli Senior Member

    Italy Italian
    Great definition. Thanks Elisabeth.
    WordRefererce is really and ever of valid aid.

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