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hy·po·thet·i·cal

 (hī′pə-thĕt′ĭ-kəl)
adj. also hy·po·thet·ic (-thĕt′ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis: a hypothetical situation.
2. Conditional; contingent: the hypothetical meaning of a clause beginning with if.
n.
A hypothetical circumstance, condition, scenario, or situation: OK, let's consider this possibility then—just as a hypothetical.

[From Greek hupothetikos, from hupothetos, placed under, supposed, from hupotithenai, to suppose; see hypothesis.]

hy′po·thet′i·cal·ly adv.

hypothetical

(ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl) or

hypothetic

adj
1. having the nature of a hypothesis
2. assumed or thought to exist
3. (Logic) logic another word for conditional4
4. existing only as an idea or concept: a time machine is a hypothetical device.
ˌhypoˈthetically adv

hy•po•thet•i•cal

(ˌhaɪ pəˈθɛt ɪ kəl)

adj. Also, hy`po•thet′ic.
1. assumed to exist by hypothesis; supposed; conjectural: a hypothetical case.
2. of, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
n.
3. a hypothetical statement, situation, instance, etc.
[1580–90; < Greek hypothetik(ós) supposed (hypo(ti)thé(nai) to suppose (see hypothesis) + -tikos -tic) + -al1]
hy`po•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.

hy·po·thet·i·cal

(hī′pə-thĕt′ĭ-kəl)
Relating to or based on a hypothesis: a hypothetical state of matter that has not yet been shown to exist.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypothetical - a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.; "consider the following, just as a hypothetical"
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"
Adj.1.hypothetical - 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"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"

hypothetical

hypothetical

adjective
1. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
2. Presumed to be true, real, or genuine, especially on inconclusive grounds:
Translations
إفْتِراضيافتراضي
hypotetickýpředpokládaný
hypotetisk
hypoteettinen
reistur á tilgátu/ímyndaîri forsendu
가설적
hypotetický
hypotetisk
hipotetikvarsayıma dayalı

hypothetical

[ˌhaɪpəʊˈθetɪkəl] ADJhipotético

hypothetical

[ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl]
adj [situation, question] → hypothétique
nhypothèse f

hypothetical

adjhypothetisch, angenommen; purely hypotheticalreine Hypothese

hypothetical

[ˌhaɪpəʊˈθɛtɪkl] adjipotetico/a

hypothesis

(haiˈpoθəsis) plural hyˈpotheses (-siːz) noun
an unproved theory or point of view put forward, eg for the sake of argument.
hypothetical (haipəˈθetikəl) adjective
imaginary; supposed.
hypothetically (haipəˈθetikəli) adverb
References in classic literature ?
Wopsle reviewed the sermon with some severity, and intimated - in the usual hypothetical case of the Church being "thrown open" - what kind of sermon he would have given them.
If this be truly the case, the hypothetical dread of the too great weight of the Senate ought to be discarded from our reasonings.
The second question is not less delicate; and the flattering prospect of its being merely hypothetical forbids an overcurious discussion of it.
Astor to Captain Sowle, the commander of the Beaver, were, in some respects, hypothetical, in consequence of the uncertainty resting upon the previous steps of the enterprise.
Next he touched upon the Indians, and upon the extraordinary colony of anthropoid apes, which might be looked upon as an advance upon the pithecanthropus of Java, and as coming therefore nearer than any known form to that hypothetical creation, the missing link.
That was a hypothetical case, arising out of Sir Leicester's unconsciously carrying the matter with so high a hand.
This idea is le bien public, the hypothetical welfare of other people.
The body of the telegram was devoted to hypothetical topics in order to show him the freedom of range that was to be his.
But Gluck, in the last chapter, using barely three lines for it, mentioned the hypothetical desirability of trial marriages.
The Protagoras arrived at a sort of hypothetical conclusion, that if 'virtue is knowledge, it can be taught.
The great power of this principle of selection is not hypothetical.
Thus:--There are two subdivisions, in the lower or which the soul uses the figures given by the former division as images; the enquiry can only be hypothetical, and instead of going upwards to a principle descends to the other end; in the higher of the two, the soul passes out of hypotheses, and goes up to a principle which is above hypotheses, making no use of images as in the former case, but proceeding only in and through the ideas themselves.