Also, hypothetic (for defs 1–4).
assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.
of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
given to making hypotheses.
4. Logic. a.
(of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
(of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.
Origin: 1580–90; Related forms
< Greek hypothetik
) supposed (hypo- hypo-
put (base of tithénai
to put, do1
) + -tikos -tic
) + -al1
1. suppositional, theoretical, speculative.