Hypothetical



[hahy-puh-thet-i-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ kəl/

adjective, Also, hypothetic (for defs 1–4).
1.
assumed by hypothesis; supposed:
a hypothetical case.
2.
of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis:
hypothetical reasoning.
3.
given to making hypotheses.
4.
Logic.

noun
5.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.:
The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters.
/ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
having the nature of a hypothesis
2.
assumed or thought to exist
3.
(logic) another word for conditional (sense 4)
4.
existing only as an idea or concept: a time machine is a hypothetical device
adj.

1580s, from Greek hypothetikos “pertaining to a hypothesis,” from hypothesis (see hypothesis). Related: Hypothetically; hypothetic.

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