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hypothetical

[hahy-puh-thet-i-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ kəl/
adjective, Also, hypothetic (for defs 1–4).
1.
assumed by hypothesis; supposed:
a hypothetical case.
2.
of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis:
hypothetical reasoning.
3.
given to making hypotheses.
4.
Logic.
  1. (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
  2. (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
noun
5.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.:
The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.
Origin of hypothetical
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek hypothetik(ós) supposed (hypo- hypo- + the- put (base of tithénai to put, do1) + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related forms
hypothetically, adverb
unhypothetical, adjective
unhypothetically, adverb
Synonyms
1. suppositional, theoretical, speculative.
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  • hypothetically considered, the situation was not extraneously alarming.

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  • Such a moment should at least hypothetically be granted to exist.

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  • hypothetically, that death was due to natural causes—hypothetically!

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  • The explication of inflection, mechanically and hypothetically: what Bodies have such an inflection.

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothetically

hypothetical

/ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
having the nature of a hypothesis
2.
assumed or thought to exist
3.
(logic) another word for conditional (sense 4)
4.
existing only as an idea or concept: a time machine is a hypothetical device
Derived Forms
hypothetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hypothetically

hypothetical

adj.

1580s, from Greek hypothetikos "pertaining to a hypothesis," from hypothesis (see hypothesis). Related: Hypothetically; hypothetic.

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