- assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.
- of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
- given to making hypotheses.
- (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
- (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
- a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.
Origin of hypothetical
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Examples from the Web for hypothetically
One group of “Anons” could be pro-choice, another pro-life—at least hypothetically.Anonymous’s Next Move
April 17, 2013
So instead of going (hypothetically) to $71,000 from $69,000, it would go to $70,000.The Chained CPI and Votes in the House
December 18, 2012
In other words, a Palestinian from Susya could, hypothetically, apply for a permit on the 5% off-chance that it will be accepted.Why Susya is "Illegal"
June 20, 2012
Palin could hypothetically skip the debates and any national interviews with anyone other than Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck.Sarah Palin's Media Strategy
November 22, 2010
"For example, in my business GPS tracking units could hypothetically be used in a divorce proceeding," DiFinis explains.The GPS Murderer
July 10, 2010
Hypothetically considered, the situation was not extraneously alarming.The Shriek
But, hypothetically, if it were to happen, what would the reaction be?Tape Jockey
Such a moment should at least hypothetically be granted to exist.The Reform of Education
Hypothetically, that death was due to natural causes—hypothetically!In Jeopardy
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The explication of inflection, mechanically and hypothetically: what Bodies have such an inflection.Micrographia
- having the nature of a hypothesis
- assumed or thought to exist
- logic another word for conditional (def. 4)
- existing only as an idea or concepta time machine is a hypothetical device
Word Origin and History for hypothetically
1580s, from Greek hypothetikos "pertaining to a hypothesis," from hypothesis (see hypothesis). Related: Hypothetically; hypothetic.