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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