Conjecture



[kuh n-jek-cher] /kənˈdʒɛk tʃər/

noun
1.
the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
2.
an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; guess; speculation.
3.
Obsolete. the interpretation of signs or omens.
verb (used with object), conjectured, conjecturing.
4.
to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.
verb (used without object), conjectured, conjecturing.
5.
to form conjectures.
/kənˈdʒɛktʃə/
noun
1.
the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence; guess
2.
the inference or conclusion so formed
3.
(obsolete) interpretation of occult signs
verb
4.
to infer or arrive at (an opinion, conclusion, etc) from incomplete evidence
n.

late 14c., “interpretation of signs and omens,” from Old French conjecture “surmise, guess,” or directly from Latin coniectura “conclusion, interpretation, guess, inference,” literally “a casting together (of facts, etc.),” from coniectus, past participle of conicere “to throw together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + iacere “to throw” (see jet (v.)). Sense of “forming of opinion without proof” is 1530s.
v.

early 15c., from conjecture (n.). In Middle English also with a parallel conjecte (n.), conjecten (v.). Related: Conjectured; conjecturing.

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