Theory Definition

Definition: In the context of science, a theory is a well-established explanation for scientific data. Theories typically cannot be proven, but they can become established if they are tested by several different scientific investigators. A theory can be disproven by a single contrary result.

Also Known As: scientific theory, theories

Examples: Examples of theories include the Big Bang Theory, the Theory of Evolution, and the Kinetic Theory of Gases

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Theory Definition." ThoughtCo, Nov. 28, 2014, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2014, November 28). Theory Definition. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Theory Definition." ThoughtCo. (accessed April 20, 2018).