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How are theories different from hypotheses?

If both theories and hypotheses are explanations, what's the difference between them?

A hypothesis is a provisional or working explanation, assumed true only to guide experimentation or for the sake of argument. A theory is a well established explanation.

Author: Fred Senese senese@antoine.frostburg.edu



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