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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.
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.
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Adj.1.hypothetic - 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"
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1. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
2. Presumed to be true, real, or genuine, especially on inconclusive grounds:
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Besides, the longer the donation was in coming back, the more Mazarin thought that forty millions were worth a little risk, particularly of so hypothetic a thing as the soul.
He had a horrible conviction that behind all this hypothetic statement there was a knowledge of some actual change in Mary's feeling.
"Is it the tipsy-cake, then?" said Maggie, exerting her hypothetic powers, while she leaned forward toward Tom with her eyes fixed on the hovering knife.
Bertha, the slim, fair-haired girl, whose present thoughts and emotions were an enigma to me amidst the fatiguing obviousness of the other minds around me, was as absorbing to me as a single unknown to-day--as a single hypothetic proposition to remain problematic till sunset; and all the cramped, hemmed-in belief and disbelief, trust and distrust, of my nature, welled out in this one narrow channel.
Government's claims and promises for future seem quite unrealistic and hypothetic. Currently the situation is quite worst as we don't have new mega projects or any planning for big projects in near future.
Conversely, the lips followed the maxilla and mandible, which moved posteriorly in hypothetic skeletal changes associated with the posterior-bonded RME appliance (20).
Thus, according to some scholars, it would be possible to read the relation between transparency and control not in terms of a tension but of a hypothetic equilibrium or symmetry.
Then in one of many tonal shifts, she raises her voice, irritated at the audience's hypothetic gratitude: "But I made you tense!"C Then she points to the audience and back at her and quips, darkly, "This is an abusive relationship."C This is a show where, more than once, the performer makes the crowd laugh and laugh and, suddenly, turn deadly silent.
But in most cases, such reliance on materiality is placed in the hypothetic realm of wish.
In this situation, natural motion mapping is helpful in enacting mental models and narrowing the gap between the real and the hypothetic, giving players the feeling of "being there."
Let and [??] = (1.0; 3.0; 5.0) be a triangular fuzzy number (TFN) describing fuzzy value of the growth rate of hypothetic economy, let [??] = (0.32; 0.34; 0.35) be a TFN describing expert group-based computed by using (16), and [xi] = 0.737; [tau] = 1 in (13).