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con·jec·ture

 (kən-jĕk′chər)
n.
1. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
2. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork: The commentators made various conjectures about the outcome of the next election.
v. con·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing, con·jec·tures
v.tr.
To judge or conclude by conjecture; guess: "From the comparative silence below ... I conjectured that Mr Rochester was now at liberty" (Charlotte Brontë).
v.intr.
To make a conjecture.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin coniectūra, from coniectus, past participle of conicere, to infer : com-, com- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

con·jec′tur·a·ble adj.
con·jec′tur·al adj.
con·jec′tur·al·ly adv.
con·jec′tur·er n.

conjecture

(kənˈdʒɛktʃə)
n
1. the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence; guess
2. the inference or conclusion so formed
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) obsolete interpretation of occult signs
vb
to infer or arrive at (an opinion, conclusion, etc) from incomplete evidence
[C14: from Latin conjectūra an assembling of facts, from conjicere to throw together, from jacere to throw]
conˈjecturable adj
conˈjecturably adv
conˈjecturer n

con•jec•ture

(kənˈdʒɛk tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
2. an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; speculation; surmise.
3. Obs. the interpretation of omens.
v.t.
4. to conclude or suppose from evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.
v.i.
5. to form conjectures.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin conjectūra inferring, reasoning =conject(us) past participle of conjicere to throw together, form a conclusion (con- con- + -jicere, comb. form of jacere to throw) + -ūra -ure]
con•jec′tur•a•ble, adj.
syn: See guess.

conjecture

- First meant "the interpretation of omens or signs" or "divination," and it literally means "to throw together," that is, to produce a theory by putting together a number of facts.
See also related terms for signs.

conjecture


Past participle: conjectured
Gerund: conjecturing

Imperative
conjecture
conjecture
Present
I conjecture
you conjecture
he/she/it conjectures
we conjecture
you conjecture
they conjecture
Preterite
I conjectured
you conjectured
he/she/it conjectured
we conjectured
you conjectured
they conjectured
Present Continuous
I am conjecturing
you are conjecturing
he/she/it is conjecturing
we are conjecturing
you are conjecturing
they are conjecturing
Present Perfect
I have conjectured
you have conjectured
he/she/it has conjectured
we have conjectured
you have conjectured
they have conjectured
Past Continuous
I was conjecturing
you were conjecturing
he/she/it was conjecturing
we were conjecturing
you were conjecturing
they were conjecturing
Past Perfect
I had conjectured
you had conjectured
he/she/it had conjectured
we had conjectured
you had conjectured
they had conjectured
Future
I will conjecture
you will conjecture
he/she/it will conjecture
we will conjecture
you will conjecture
they will conjecture
Future Perfect
I will have conjectured
you will have conjectured
he/she/it will have conjectured
we will have conjectured
you will have conjectured
they will have conjectured
Future Continuous
I will be conjecturing
you will be conjecturing
he/she/it will be conjecturing
we will be conjecturing
you will be conjecturing
they will be conjecturing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conjecturing
you have been conjecturing
he/she/it has been conjecturing
we have been conjecturing
you have been conjecturing
they have been conjecturing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conjecturing
you will have been conjecturing
he/she/it will have been conjecturing
we will have been conjecturing
you will have been conjecturing
they will have been conjecturing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conjecturing
you had been conjecturing
he/she/it had been conjecturing
we had been conjecturing
you had been conjecturing
they had been conjecturing
Conditional
I would conjecture
you would conjecture
he/she/it would conjecture
we would conjecture
you would conjecture
they would conjecture
Past Conditional
I would have conjectured
you would have conjectured
he/she/it would have conjectured
we would have conjectured
you would have conjectured
they would have conjectured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conjecture - a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
2.conjecture - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidenceconjecture - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
opinion, view - a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
divination - successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
3.conjecture - reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical
theorisation, theorization - the production or use of theories
supposal, supposition - the cognitive process of supposing
Verb1.conjecture - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
reconstruct, retrace, construct - reassemble mentally; "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
formulate, explicate, develop - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"

conjecture

noun
1. guess, theory, fancy, notion, speculation, assumption, hypothesis, inference, presumption, surmise, theorizing, guesswork, supposition, shot in the dark, guesstimate (informal) Your assertion is merely a conjecture, not a fact.
verb
1. guess, speculate, surmise, theorize, suppose, imagine, assume, fancy, infer, hypothesize This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.

conjecture

noun
1. Abstract reasoning:
2. A judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing:
verb
To draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information:
Translations
تَخْمين، ظَن، حَدَسِيَّهيُخَمِّن، يَظُن، يَحْزِر
dohaddomněnkadomýšlet seodhadovat
formodeformodninggættegætteri
arvausarveluotaksuma
sejtés
ágiskungiska á
numanomasnumanymasnumanytispėjamasspėjimas
minētpieņemtpieņēmumsvarbūtība
formodninggjetninggjettegjettinggjettverk
domyslieť si

conjecture

[kənˈdʒektʃəʳ]
A. N it's only conjectureson conjeturas, nada más
B. VTconjeturar
C. VIconjeturar

conjecture

[kənˈdʒɛktʃər]
nconjecture f
vtconjecturer
viconjecturer

conjecture

vtvermuten, mutmaßen (geh)
viVermutungen or Mutmaßungen anstellen, mutmaßen (geh); it was just as scientists had conjecturedes verhielt sich geradeso, wie es die Wissenschaftler gemutmaßt or vermutet hatten
nVermutung f, → Mutmaßung f (geh); what will come next is a matter of or for conjecturewas folgt, das kann man nur vermuten or das bleibt unserer Vermutung überlassen

conjecture

[kənˈdʒɛktʃəʳ]
1. ncongettura
2. vt & vi (frm) → congetturare

conjecture

(kənˈdʒektʃə) noun
(an) opinion formed on slight evidence; a guess. He made several conjectures about where his son might be.
verb
to guess.
conˈjectural adjective
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While apparently absorbed in her own affairs, Jo watched Beth, and after many conflicting conjectures, finally settled upon one which seemed to explain the change in her.
Nevertheless, there was so far a good result of her meditations on Clifford's character, that, when her involuntary conjectures, together with the tendency of every strange circumstance to tell its own story, had gradually taught her the fact, it had no terrible effect upon her.
It took off the extreme edge of their wonder; and so what with all this and Stubb's confident way of accounting for their appearance, they were for the time freed from superstitious surmisings; though the affair still left abundant room for all manner of wild conjectures as to dark Ahab's precise agency in the matter from the beginning.
Such being my conjectures, any one acquainted with the appearance of New Bedford may very readily infer how palpably I must have seen my mistake.
Conjectureaye, sometimes one conjectures right, and sometimes one conjectures wrong.
I once knew a lady who in temper and mind greatly resembled your sister, who thought and judged like her, but who from an inforced change--from a series of unfortunate circumstances"-- Here he stopt suddenly; appeared to think that he had said too much, and by his countenance gave rise to conjectures, which might not otherwise have entered Elinor's head.
Unhappy in your conjectures, sir,' observed my host; 'we neither of us have the privilege of owning your good fairy; her mate is dead.
The thoughts were strange to him now, like old friendships impossible to revive; and yet he had a dreamy feeling that this child was somehow a message come to him from that far-off life: it stirred fibres that had never been moved in Raveloe--old quiverings of tenderness--old impressions of awe at the presentiment of some Power presiding over his life; for his imagination had not yet extricated itself from the sense of mystery in the child's sudden presence, and had formed no conjectures of ordinary natural means by which the event could have been brought about.
On his retiring to his tent, many who had lingered in the lists, to look upon and form conjectures concerning him, also dispersed.
In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.
There are few things upon which a greater variety of conjectures has been offered than upon the reasons that induced the ancients to distinguish this gulf, which separates Asia from Africa, by the name of the Red Sea, an appellation that has almost universally obtained in all languages.
They will have it his surname was Quixada or Quesada (for here there is some difference of opinion among the authors who write on the subject), although from reasonable conjectures it seems plain that he was called Quexana.