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hypothetical

[hahy-puh-thet-i-kuhl]
adjective Also, hypothetic (for defs 1–4).
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.
noun
5.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.

Origin:
1580–90; < Greek hypothetik(ós) supposed (hypo- hypo- + the- put (base of tithénai to put, do1) + -tikos -tic) + -al1

hypothetically, adverb
unhypothetical, adjective
unhypothetically, adverb


1. suppositional, theoretical, speculative.
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hypothetical or hypothetic (ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  having the nature of a hypothesis
2.  assumed or thought to exist
3.  logic another word for conditional
4.  existing only as an idea or concept: a time machine is a hypothetical device
 
hypothetic or hypothetic
 
adj
 
hypo'thetically or hypothetic
 
adv

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hypothetical
1580s, from Gk. hypothetikos "pertaining to a hypothesis," from hypothesis (see hypothesis).
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