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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•jec•ture*kənˈdʒɛk tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.

  2. an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; speculation; surmise.

  3. Obs. the interpretation of omens.

  4. (v.t.)to conclude or suppose from evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.

  5. (v.i.)to form conjectures.

* Syn: See guess.

Origin of conjecture:

1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L conjectūra inferring, reasoning =conject(us) ptp. of conjicere to throw together, form a conclusion (con-con - +-jicere, comb. form of jacere to throw) +-ūra -ure

con•jec′tur•a•ble(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. speculation, conjecture(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"

  2. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis(noun)

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  3. conjecture(verb)

    reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

  4. speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose(verb)

    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

    "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

Wiktionary

  1. conjecture(Noun)

    A statement or an idea which is unproven, but is thought to be true; a guess.

    I explained it, but it is pure conjecture whether he understood, or not.

  2. conjecture(Noun)

    A supposition based upon incomplete evidence; a hypothesis.

    The physicist used his conjecture about subatomic particles to design an experiment.

  3. conjecture(Noun)

    A statement likely to be true based on available evidence, but which has not been formally proven.

  4. conjecture(Noun)

    Interpretation of signs and omens.

  5. conjecture(Verb)

    To guess; to venture an unproven idea.

    I do not know if it is true; I am simply conjecturing here.

  6. Origin: From coniectura, from coniectus, perfect passive participle of conicio, from con- + iacio; see jet. Compare adjective, eject, inject, project, reject, subject, object, trajectory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conjecture(noun)

    an opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion

  2. Conjecture(verb)

    to arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning

  3. Conjecture(verb)

    to make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form an opinion; to imagine

Freebase

  1. Conjecture

    A conjecture is a proposition that is unproven. Karl Popper pioneered the use of the term "conjecture" in scientific philosophy. Conjecture is contrasted by hypothesis, which is a testable statement based on accepted grounds. In mathematics, a conjecture is an unproven proposition that appears correct.


Translations for conjecture

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

conjecture(noun)

(an) opinion formed on slight evidence; a guess

He made several conjectures about where his son might be.

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