- the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
- an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; guess; speculation.
- Obsolete. the interpretation of signs or omens.
- to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.
- to form conjectures.
Origin of conjecture
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Examples from the Web for misconjecture
Misconjecture, mis-kon-jek′tūr, n. a wrong conjecture or guess.
But do not misconjecture because this description sounds like a General Alarm that James was either lost or a dead one.Strictly Business
- the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence; guess
- the inference or conclusion so formed
- obsolete interpretation of occult signs
- to infer or arrive at (an opinion, conclusion, etc) from incomplete evidence
Word Origin and History for misconjecture
late 14c., "interpretation of signs and omens," from Old French conjecture "surmise, guess," or directly from Latin coniectura "conclusion, interpretation, guess, inference," literally "a casting together (of facts, etc.)," from coniectus, past participle of conicere "to throw together," from com- "together" (see com-) + iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Sense of "forming of opinion without proof" is 1530s.
early 15c., from conjecture (n.). In Middle English also with a parallel conjecte (n.), conjecten (v.). Related: Conjectured; conjecturing.