scientific theory

scientific theory

noun
a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable" 
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scientific theory

systematic ideational structure of broad scope, conceived by the human imagination, that encompasses a family of empirical (experiential) laws regarding regularities existing in objects and events, both observed and posited. A scientific theory is a structure suggested by these laws and is devised to explain them in a scientifically rational manner.

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