[ kuhn-jek-cher ]
/ kənˈdʒɛk tʃər /
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·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing.
to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.
verb (used without object), con·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing.
to form conjectures.
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Origin of conjecture
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Latin conjectūra (< Middle French) inferring, reasoning, equivalent to conject(us) past participle of conjicere to throw together, form a conclusion (con- con- + -jicere, combining form of jacere to throw) + -ūra -ure; (v.) late Middle English conjecturen (< Middle French) < Late Latin conjecturāre, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM conjecture
con·jec·tur·a·ble, adjectivecon·jec·tur·a·bly, adverbcon·jec·tur·er, nounmis·con·jec·ture, verb, mis·con·jec·tured, mis·con·jec·tur·ing; noun
non·con·jec·tur·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·jec·tur·a·bly, adverbpre·con·jec·ture, verb (used with object), pre·con·jec·tured, pre·con·jec·tur·ing.un·con·jec·tur·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·jec·tured, adjective
Words nearby conjecture
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Example sentences from the Web for misconjecture
But do not misconjecture because this description sounds like a General Alarm that James was either lost or a dead one.Strictly Business|O. Henry
Misconjecture, mis-kon-jek′tūr, n. a wrong conjecture or guess.
British Dictionary definitions for misconjecture
/ (kənˈdʒɛktʃə) /
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
Derived forms of conjectureconjecturable, adjectiveconjecturably, adverbconjecturer, noun
Word Origin for conjecture
C14: from Latin conjectūra an assembling of facts, from conjicere to throw together, from jacere to throw
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