Meaning of HYPOTHETICAL in English

HYPOTHETICAL

[adjective]This is only a hypothetical example (= not one that really exists), but it will help us to consider the problem.When asked if there were any circumstances under which they would declare war, he dismissed such questions as purely hypothetical (= it was not known whether a situation needing such a decision would happen).

Cambridge English vocab.      Кембриджский английский словарь.