What does conjecture mean?

Definitions for conjecture
kənˈdʒɛk tʃərcon·jec·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speculation, conjecturenoun

    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, hypothesisnoun

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  3. conjectureverb

    reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

  4. speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, supposeverb

    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

    "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

Wiktionary

  1. conjecturenoun

    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.

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

  2. conjecturenoun

    A supposition based upon incomplete evidence; a hypothesis.

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

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

  3. conjecturenoun

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

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

  4. conjecturenoun

    Interpretation of signs and omens.

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

  5. conjectureverb

    To guess; to venture an unproven idea.

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

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

Wikipedia

  1. Conjecture

    In mathematics, a conjecture is a conclusion or a proposition which is suspected to be true due to preliminary supporting evidence, but for which no proof or disproof has yet been found. Some conjectures, such as the Riemann hypothesis (still a conjecture) or Fermat's Last Theorem (a conjecture until proven in 1995 by Andrew Wiles), have shaped much of mathematical history as new areas of mathematics are developed in order to prove them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conjecturenoun

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

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

  2. Conjectureverb

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

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

  3. Conjectureverb

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

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

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.

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.]

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  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

Examples of conjecture in a Sentence

  1. J.W.N. Sullivan:

    For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish. There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind us of intelligent human design. "If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge thousands of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room, he were to buy ten thousand casual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather - assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence."

  2. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards:

    It's not conjecture, it's not some flimsy theory, this is what is going to happen.

  3. Anatole France:

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

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    We know as a fact, not conjecture but as a fact, that this virus spreads more efficiently from person to person. And it also leads to more severe disease, so it is not surprising that we're seeing more younger people not only getting infected but getting seriously ill.

  5. Mark Twain:

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

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