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hy•po•thet•i•cal



Pronunciation: (hī"pu-thet'i-kul), [key]
adj.
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.
a. (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
b. (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.

n.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters. Also,hy"po•thet'ic(defs. 1–4).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

hypothesizehypothetico-deductive method
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