working hypothesis

working hypothesis

  1. a hypothesis that is unverified yet tentatively chosen as a best guess to build upon or put effort into its verification
    • 1927, Bertrand Russell, An Outline of Philosophy:
      We do not know that this is the case, but it is an hypothesis which cannot be refuted and is simpler than any other possible hypothesis. I shall therefore adopt it as a working hypothesis in what follows.
  • German: Arbeitshypothese

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