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Noun
A tentative conjecture explaining an observation
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“It is my theory that cats are conspiring against humanity by preventing humans from focusing on their work.”
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A (usually technical) description of an event or system that is considered to be accurate
“Allow me to explain the theory behind cryptography.”
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A set of ideas that explains observed facts or phenomena, or which sets out the laws and principles of something
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“The author proposes that only through a knowledge of music theory can one understand the origins of modern science.”
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A person's intellectual understanding of a particular subject
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Fundamental truths or propositions that serve as the foundation for a system of belief, behavior or reasoning
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A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual
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A foundation or starting point for further work
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