Meaning of HYPOTHETICAL in English

HYPOTHETICAL

— hypothetically , adv.

/huy'peuh thet"i keuhl/ , adj.

1. assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.

2. of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.

3. given to making hypotheses.

4. Logic.

a. (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.

b. (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.

n.

5. a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.

Also, hypothetic (defs. 1-4).

[ 1580-90; hypothetik ( ós ) supposed ( hypo- HYPO- + the- put (base of tithénai to put, DO 1 ) + -tikos -TIC) + -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. suppositional, theoretical, speculative.

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