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conjecture

[ kuhn-jek-cher ]
/ k蓹n藞d蕭蓻k t蕛蓹r /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), con路jec路tured, con路jec路tur路ing.
to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.
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to form conjectures.
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Origin of conjecture

1350鈥1400; (noun) Middle English from Latin conject奴ra (from Middle French ) inferring, reasoning, equivalent to conject(us), past participle of conjicere 鈥渢o throw together, form a conclusion鈥 (con- con- + -jicere, combining form of jacere 鈥渢o throw鈥) + -奴ra -ure; (verb) late Middle English conjecturen (from Middle French ) from Late Latin conjectur膩re, derivative of the noun

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4. See guess.

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British Dictionary definitions for conjecture

conjecture
/ (k蓹n藞d蕭蓻kt蕛蓹) /

noun
the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence; guess
the inference or conclusion so formed
obsolete interpretation of occult signs
verb
to infer or arrive at (an opinion, conclusion, etc) from incomplete evidence

Derived forms of conjecture

conjecturable, adjectiveconjecturably, adverbconjecturer, noun

Word Origin for conjecture

C14: from Latin conject奴ra an assembling of facts, from conjicere to throw together, from jacere to throw
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