Meaning of HYPOTHETICAL in English


I. |hīpə|thed.]ə̇kəl, -et], ]ēk- adjective

also hy·po·thet·ic ]ik, ]ēk

Etymology: hypothetical from Late Latin hypothetic us (from Greek hypothetikos ) + English -al; hypothetic from French hypothétique, from Late Latin hypotheticus

1. : involving logical hypothesis : assumed , conditional — distinguished from categorical

2. : of or depending on supposition : conjectural — contrasted with actual

• hy·po·thet·i·cal·ly ]ə̇k(ə)lē, ]ēk-, -li\ adverb

II. noun

( -s )

: a hypothetical statement or proposition : implication 2b

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