- assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.
- of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
- given to making hypotheses.
- (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
- (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
- a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.
Origin of hypothetical
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1. suppositional, theoretical, speculative.
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Examples from the Web for hypothetic
Either after us, or about to be, was the hypothetic form of my conjecture.
The walk was long enough to give me time for many a hypothetic calculation.
He left his hypothetic sentence unfinished, and relapsed into silence.The Plant Hunters
Although this too hypothetic conception is now forgotten, it is sufficient for our purposes.Essay on the Creative Imagination
It is very frequently employed in hypothetic and contingent propositions; e. g.Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition)
- having the nature of a hypothesis
- assumed or thought to exist
- logic another word for conditional (def. 4)
- existing only as an idea or concepta time machine is a hypothetical device
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Word Origin and History for hypothetic
1580s, from Greek hypothetikos "pertaining to a hypothesis," from hypothesis (see hypothesis). Related: Hypothetically; hypothetic.
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