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conspiracy theory

noun
1.
a theory that explains an event as being the result of a plot by a covert group or organization; a belief that a particular unexplained event was caused by such a group.
2.
the idea that many important political events or economic and social trends are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.
Related forms
conspiracy theorist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for conspiracy theory

conspiracy theory

noun
1.
the belief that the government or a covert organization is responsible for an event that is unusual or unexplained, esp when any such involvement is denied
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