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Thesis vs. Hypothesis: What's the Difference?

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A thesis is a proven statement used as a premise; a hypothesis is an assumption subject to testing."

Key Differences

A "thesis" is a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved, typically a position a student proposes to defend in a thesis (long essay/dissertation). Conversely, a "hypothesis" is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
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A "thesis" demands substantial evidence or analysis for validation and is central to a dissertation or essay, guiding its direction and purpose. On the other hand, a "hypothesis" is speculative, anticipating that future research or experimentation might support it.
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The term "thesis" is often associated with large-scale research projects, like a doctoral thesis, where significant original research is documented and analyzed. In contrast, a "hypothesis" can be part of various scientific endeavors, forming the basis for experiments designed to test its validity.
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In academic contexts, a "thesis" represents the culmination of a student's research and study in an area, signifying mastery in the subject. A "hypothesis," however, is often the starting point of scientific research, leading to experiments that confirm or refute it.
Harlon Moss
Nov 25, 2023
While a "thesis" is usually public and defended in front of an academic committee, a "hypothesis" undergoes a more private process of verification, through experiments and peer review, before being accepted or rejected.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Proven statement for a premise
Assumption for testing
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Role

Conclusion of research
Basis for further research
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Evidence

Requires substantial proof or analysis
Formed with limited evidence
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Context

Long essays, dissertations
Scientific experiments, research
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Verification

Public defense
Experiments, peer review
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Thesis and Hypothesis Definitions

Thesis

Academic position
His thesis was that the policy would fail.
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Hypothesis

Speculative assumption
The scientist's hypothesis involved solar radiation levels.
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Thesis

Educational milestone
Defending her thesis was a significant academic achievement.
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Hypothesis

Research basis
Her hypothesis was that the drug would slow the disease.
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Thesis

Research conclusion
Her thesis on climate change was groundbreaking.
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Hypothesis

Theory to be tested
The hypothesis led to a major study in human behavior.
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Thesis

Argument basis
The author's main thesis was not convincing.
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Hypothesis

Scientific guess
Their hypothesis aligned with the observed phenomena.
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Thesis

In-depth study
His thesis provided a new perspective on the issue.
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Hypothesis

A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
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Thesis

A proposition that is maintained by argument.
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Hypothesis

Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
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Thesis

A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.
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Hypothesis

The antecedent of a conditional statement.
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Thesis

A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
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Hypothesis

(sciences) Used loosely, a tentative conjecture explaining an observation, phenomenon or scientific problem that can be tested by further observation, investigation and/or experimentation. As a scientific term of art, see the attached quotation. Compare to theory, and quotation given there.
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Thesis

The first stage of the Hegelian dialectic process.
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Hypothesis

(general) An assumption taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation.
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Thesis

The long or accented part of a metrical foot, especially in quantitative verse.
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Hypothesis

(grammar) The antecedent of a conditional statement.
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Thesis

The unaccented or short part of a metrical foot, especially in accentual verse.
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Hypothesis

A supposition; a proposition or principle which is supposed or taken for granted, in order to draw a conclusion or inference for proof of the point in question; something not proved, but assumed for the purpose of argument, or to account for a fact or an occurrence; as, the hypothesis that head winds detain an overdue steamer.
An hypothesis being a mere supposition, there are no other limits to hypotheses than those of the human imagination.
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Thesis

(Music) The accented section of a measure.
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Hypothesis

A tentative theory or supposition provisionally adopted to explain certain facts, and to guide in the investigation of others; hence, frequently called a working hypothesis.
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Thesis

Senses relating to logic, rhetoric, etc.
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Hypothesis

A proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
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Thesis

(rhetoric) A proposition or statement supported by arguments.
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Hypothesis

A tentative theory about 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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Thesis

(by extension) A lengthy essay written to establish the validity of a thesis (sense 1.1), especially one submitted in order to complete the requirements for a non-doctoral degree in the US and a doctoral degree in the UK; a dissertation.
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Hypothesis

A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
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Thesis

A conjecture, especially one too vague to be formally stated or verified but useful as a working convention.
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Hypothesis

Pre-experimental proposal
Based on limited data, his hypothesis was bold.
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Thesis

(logic) An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
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Thesis

(philosophy) In the dialectical method of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: the initial stage of reasoning where a formal statement of a point is developed; this is followed by antithesis and synthesis.
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Thesis

Senses relating to music and prosody.
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Thesis

The action of lowering the hand or bringing down the foot when indicating a rhythm; hence, an accented part of a measure of music or verse indicated by this action; an ictus, a stress.
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Thesis

A depression of the voice when pronouncing a syllables of a word; hence, the unstressed part of the metrical foot of a verse upon which such a depression falls, or an unaccented musical note.
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Thesis

A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument.
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Thesis

Hence, an essay or dissertation written upon specific or definite theme; especially, an essay presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.
I told them of the grave, becoming, and sublime deportment they should assume upon this mystical occasion, and read them two homilies and a thesis of my own composing, to prepare them.
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Thesis

An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
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Thesis

The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; - the opposite of arsis.
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Thesis

The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.
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Thesis

An unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
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Thesis

A treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
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FAQs

Is a thesis subjective?

It's based on research but starts from a subjective proposition.
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Can a thesis be a question?

Typically, a thesis is a statement, not a question.
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Who verifies a hypothesis?

Typically, the scientific community through peer review.
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Who writes a thesis?

Students, usually at the graduate level.
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Can a hypothesis be proven?

It can be supported or refuted through research.
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Does a thesis require research?

Yes, substantial research and evidence are crucial.
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What's a thesis statement?

It's the central argument or point of a paper.
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What forms a good hypothesis?

Clarity, testability, and relevance to existing research.
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Is a hypothesis always true?

No, it's a proposition to be tested.
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Can a thesis change during research?

It can evolve, but major changes might require reevaluation.
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How broad can a hypothesis be?

It should be specific enough to be testable.
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Is defending a thesis challenging?

It can be, as it requires deep knowledge of the subject.
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Is every thesis published?

Not all, but many are, especially if significant.
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How long is a thesis?

Varies greatly, often upwards of 80-100 pages.
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What if research contradicts my hypothesis?

It's part of the scientific process and prompts further questions.
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Why is a thesis important?

It contributes new knowledge or perspectives.
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Are hypotheses guaranteed to progress science?

No, but they're crucial starting points for investigation.
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Is there risk in a hypothesis?

It's speculative, so there's a risk it may not be supported.
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Can a hypothesis lead to a theory?

If consistently supported over time, it might.
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What's a null hypothesis?

It proposes no effect or relationship, to be tested against.
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