adjective Also hy·po·thet·ic (for defs 1–4).
- (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
- (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
- hypothesis testing,
- hypothetical imperative,
- hypothetico-deductive method,
Origin of hypothetical
Examples from the Web for hypothetical
Not because she disagrees with a hypothetical future president, or because she simply likes the robe.
It's a long trip, to be sure, illustrated here with the hypothetical slang "couch."
A hypothetical history of how words become part of the colloquial lexicon.
Really, that fear factor is an indictment of who we are—not an indictment of some hypothetical alien species.
But Jamelle,” asks a hypothetical objector, “How would we keep government spending in check?
The believers in special creations are not the only reasoners who have made free use of hypothetical possibilities.The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer|John Gerard
Astronomers had faith in mathematics and the hypothetical planet was found to be a reality.The Law and the Word|Thomas Troward
This is why they confuse the categorical and the universal with the hypothetical.
The point is, however, that the hypothetical judgement does not involve it at all.Kant's Theory of Knowledge|Harold Arthur Prichard
He therefore gave to this hypothetical animal the name of gastra.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916|Olga Metchnikoff
1580s, from Greek hypothetikos "pertaining to a hypothesis," from hypothesis (see hypothesis). Related: Hypothetically; hypothetic.