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    1. a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or prove

    synonyms: dissertation, essay, paper, treatise, disquisition, composition,monograph, study

    2. a doctorine maintained or employed by an argument

    3. a long essay or dissertation involving personal or original research, written by a candidate for a college degree.

    synonyms: theory, contention, argument, line of, argument, proposal, proposition, idea, claim, premise, assumption, hypothesis, postulation, supposition

    • (in Hegelian philosophy) a proposition forming the first stage in the process of dialectical reasoning

    • a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections

    • related to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis) is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis) the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis)

    4. PROSODY an unstressed syllable or part of a metrical foot in Greek or Latin verse.


    late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, literally ‘placing, a setting down, a proposition,’ late 14c., "unaccented syllable or note," from Latin thesis "unaccented syllable in poetry," later "stressed part of a metrical foot," from Greek thesis "a proposition," also "downbeat" (in music), originally "a setting down or placing," from root of tithenai "to place, put, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do"

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