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hypothetical

hy·po·thet·i·cal

hypothetical

 
 
pronunciation:
haI p the tih kl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: based on a premise rather than having substance in reality; supposed.
In medical school, we were often quizzed about hypothetical patients and how we would treat them.
 
synonyms:
supposed, supposititious
antonyms:
actual
similar words:
academic, moot, presumed, theoretical
definition 2: of, pertaining to, or characterized by a hypothesis.
a hypothetical construction of thought
synonyms:
theoretical
similar words:
academic, speculative
definition 3: poorly supported by evidence; conjectural.
Not long ago, global warming was considered purely hypothetical.
synonyms:
conjectural
similar words:
speculative
definition 4: in logic, conditional upon a hypothesis; contingent.
synonyms:
conditional, contingent
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derivations: hypothetic (adj.), hypothetically (adv.)
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