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hypothetico-deductive method

[hahy-puh-thet-i-koh-di-duhk-tiv] /ˌhaɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ koʊ dɪˈdʌk tɪv/
noun, Logic.
a method in which a hypothetical model based on observations is proposed and is then tested by the deduction of consequences from the model.
1925-30; hypothetic(al) + -o- + deductive, probably as translation of Italian ipotetico-deduttivo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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procedure for the construction of a scientific theory that will account for results obtained through direct observation and experimentation and that will, through inference, predict further effects that can then be verified or disproved by empirical evidence derived from other experiments.

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