- The definition of a thesis is a proposal or suggestion that is maintained by an argument.
An example of thesis is a research paper on why the United States should legalize marijuana.
thesis definition by Webster's New World
- in classical Greek poetry, the long syllable of a foot
- in later poetry, the short or unaccented syllable or syllables of a foot
- a proposition maintained or defended in argument, formerly one publicly disputed by a candidate for a degree in a medieval university
- a formal and lengthy research paper, esp. a work of original research written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree
- an unproved statement assumed as a premise
- in Hegelian philosophy, the initial, least adequate phase of development in dialectic
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek a placing, position, proposition ; from base of tithenai, to put, place: see do
thesis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. the·ses
- A proposition that is maintained by argument.
- A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.
- A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
- The first stage of the Hegelian dialectic process.
- a. The long or accented part of a metrical foot, especially in quantitative verse.b. The unaccented or short part of a metrical foot, especially in accentual verse.
- Music The accented section of a measure.
Origin: Latin, from Greek, from tithenai, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. Senses 5 and 6, Middle English, from Late Latin, lowering of the voice, from Greek, downbeat, from tithenai.
thesis - Cultural Definition
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.