[hwuht-if, hwot‐, wuht‐, wot‐]
- hypothetical: a what-if scenario.
- a hypothetical case or situation; conjecture: a series of what-ifs.
Origin of what-if
First recorded in 1980–85
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Examples from the Web for what-if
That is, when things are going well, no one feels compelled to spend money on a what-if project.What to Do With the Thousands Displaced by Hurricane Sandy?
November 8, 2012
Take concrete steps aimed at addressing the problem that looms, rather than ruminating abstractly about what-if scenarios.Advice From the Oldest Americans
October 29, 2011
- informal a hypothetical question; speculationone of the great what-ifs of modern history