Definition of Sapir-Whorf hypothesis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//səˌpɪə ˈwɔːf haɪpɒθəsɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˌpɪr ˈwɔːrf haɪpɑːθəsɪs//
 
[singular](linguistics)
 
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the theory that the language that you speak has an important effect on the way you think
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Sapir-Whorf hypothesis