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Compare and contrast the meaning of the word "theory" as it is used in the scientific community with its use by the general public.

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This is a great question due to the fact that it correctly identifies discrepancies that exist between the scientific definition and usage of the word "theory" and how the general public defines and uses the word.

Scientifically speaking, a theory is a unifying explanation for a wide range of hypotheses and observations that have been supported by thorough testing. This means that a scientific theory is backed up and supported by large amounts of evidence. A scientific theory is not a whimsical...

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