What does conjecture mean?

Definitions for conjecturekənˈdʒɛk tʃər

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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"


  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

  4. Origin: [L. conjectura, fr. conjicere, conjectum, to throw together, infer, conjecture; con- + jacere to throw: cf. F. conjecturer. See Jet a shooting forth.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conjecture

    kon-jekt′ūr, n. a forecast: an opinion formed on slight or defective evidence: an opinion without proof: a guess: an idea.—v.t. to make conjectures regarding: to infer on slight evidence: to guess.—adjs. Conject′urable, that may be conjectured; Conject′ural, involving conjecture: given to conjecture.—adv. Conject′urally. [L. conjicĕre, conjectum, to throw together—con, together, and jacĕre, to throw.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conjecture in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conjecture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anatole France:

    To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price on conjecture.

  2. Anatole France:

    To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.

  3. Anatole France:

    To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.

  4. Mark Twain:

    There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

  5. Panoyotis Mavromatis:

    Scientists conjecture there may be a genetic component to our degree and quality of response to music. Clearly there are no universal patterns, but music therapists can still experiment to find out what works or not with a given individual.

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