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Definitions for hypothetical
ˌhaɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ kəlhy·po·thet·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypotheticaladjective

    a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.

    "consider the following, just as a hypothetical"

  2. conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, hypothetic, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititiousadjective

    based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

    "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation"


  1. hypotheticalnoun

    A hypothetical situation or proposition

    These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.

  2. hypotheticaladjective

    Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural

  3. hypotheticaladjective

    conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent

  4. Etymology: From ὑποθετικός

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hypothetical, Hypothetickadjective

    Including a supposition; conditional.

    Etymology: hypothetique, Fr. from hypothesis.

    Conditional or hypothetical propositions are those whose parts are united by the conditional particle if; as, if the sun be fixed, the earth must move. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. hypothetical

    Hypothetical is relating to, involving, or based on a suggested idea or theory rather than actual facts or reality. It is generally used to explore possibilities and outcomes in a speculative or theoretical situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypotheticaladjective

    characterized by, or of the nature of, an hypothesis; conditional; assumed without proof, for the purpose of reasoning and deducing proof, or of accounting for some fact or phenomenon

  2. Etymology: [L. hypotheticus, Gr. : cf. F. hypothtique.]


  1. Hypothetical

    Hypothetical is the fifth studio album by British progressive metal band Threshold. The album was released on March 20, 2001. This is the first album to feature current drummer Johanne James, who had previously played with the band on tour.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypothetical in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypothetical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hypothetical in a Sentence

  1. Moshe Arens:

    Never answer a hypothetical question.

  2. Unknown:

    What if this weren't a hypothetical question

  3. Tyson Perez:

    I weighed the absolute risk of the vaccine versus the hypothetical risk of the illness, and it became clear to me that the absolute risk of the vaccine outweighed the hypothetical risk of the illness.

  4. Joan Baez:

    Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.

  5. Lisa Haisha:

    Don’t sublimate your own freedom and desires in order to satisfy the invisible judgments of others against hypothetical wrongdoings.

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