conjecture Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
- speculations about the outcome of the election
- he dismissed it as mere conjecture
noun a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
guess; supposition; surmisal; hypothesis; speculation; surmise.
noun reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
verb to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
theorize; hypothesize; theorise; hypothesise; suppose; speculate; hypothecate.
- Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps
An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first loose conjecture by a real study of nature. Whewell.
Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. Milton.
Con*jec"ture transitive verb
To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.
Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what will be. South.
Con*jec"ture intransitive verb
To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form an opinion; to imagine.
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