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hypothetical

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adjective hy·po·thet·i·cal \ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-ti-kəl\

Simple Definition of hypothetical

  • : involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis

  • : not real : imagined as an example

Full Definition of hypothetical

  1. :  being or involving a hypothesis :  conjectural <hypothetical arguments> <a hypothetical situation>

hypothetical noun
hy·po·thet·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of hypothetical

  1. She described a hypothetical case to clarify her point.

  2. <we talked about what we would do in various hypothetical emergencies>



1588

First Known Use of hypothetical

1588



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