thesis

A thesis is the most important or foundational idea of an argument. If the thesis of your paper is that chocolate ice cream is better than vanilla, you'll need to back that up with plenty of sundae-based research.

The noun thesis has more than one important sense to it. One definition of thesis is that it is the most important or foundational idea of an argument, presentation, or piece of writing. But it can also mean a large work of art, criticism, or scientific research that represents original research and is generally the final requirement for an academic degree.

Definitions of thesis
  1. noun
    an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
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    type of:
    assumption, premise, premiss
    a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
  2. noun
    a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
    synonyms: dissertation
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    type of:
    treatise
    a formal exposition
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