Meaning of hypothetico-deductive method

hy•po•thet'i•co-de•duc'tive meth"od

Pronunciation: (hī"pu-thet'i-kō-di-duk'tiv), [key]
— Logic. Logic.
  1. a method in which a hypothetical model based on observations is proposed and is then tested by the deduction of consequences from the model.
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