# What do scientists call a possible explanation for observations they have made?

Jan 21, 2017

An $\text{hypothesis}$ is a tentative explanation for a given set of facts.

#### Explanation:

An $\text{hypothesis}$ (plural, $\text{hypotheses}$) is a proposed explanation for a given set of facts or observations. It is a starting point for scientific enquiry: the $\text{hypothesis}$ may be right, it may be wrong, but it allows a basis for further experiments that test the correctness of the $\text{hypothesis}$.