Glossary Definition
To take as the best explanation based on the evidence. In the scientific community, an idea is generally accepted when it is supported by many lines of evidence and meets other criteria (e.g., consistency with well-established ideas in related fields). To learn more about how and why scientific ideas are accepted, visit Competing ideas: A perfect fit for the evidence. To learn more about the difference between acceptance and belief, visit our misconception on the topic.

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