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hypothetical    : [h,ɑɪpəθ'ɛtəkəl] [h,ɑɪpəθ'ɛtɪkəl]
Hypothetic \Hy`po*thet"ic\, Hypothetical \Hy`po*thet"ic*al\, a.
[L. hypotheticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. hypoth['e]tique.]
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.
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Causes hypothetical at least, if not real, for the
various phenomena of the existence of which our
experience informs us. --Sir W.
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{Hypothetical baptism} (Ch. of Eng.), baptism administered to
persons in respect to whom it is doubtful whether they
have or have not been baptized before. --Hook. --
{Hy`po*thet"ic*al*ly}, adv. --South.
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adj 1: 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" [synonym: {conjectural},
{divinatory}, {hypothetical}, {hypothetic}, {supposed},
{suppositional}, {suppositious}, {supposititious}]
n 1: a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement,
proposal, situation, etc.; "consider the following, just as
a hypothetical"

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