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HYPOTHETICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hypothetical mean? 

HYPOTHETICAL (noun)
  The noun HYPOTHETICAL has 1 sense:

1. a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.

  Familiarity information: HYPOTHETICAL used as a noun is very rare.


HYPOTHETICAL (adjective)
  The adjective HYPOTHETICAL has 1 sense:

1. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

  Familiarity information: HYPOTHETICAL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HYPOTHETICAL (noun)


Sense 1hypothetical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

consider the following, just as a hypothetical

Hypernyms ("hypothetical" is a kind of...):

hypothesis; possibility; theory (a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena)


HYPOTHETICAL (adjective)


Sense 1hypothetical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

Synonyms:

conjectural; hypothetic; hypothetical; suppositional; suppositious; supposititious; divinatory; supposed

Context examples:

theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural / the supposed reason for his absence / suppositious reconstructions of dead languages / hypothetical situation

Similar:

theoretic; theoretical (concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations)


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