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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hypothetical

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

hypothetical

noun

hypothetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of hypothetical in a sentence

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

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



Did You Know?

The noun hypothesis comes straight from the Greek word meaning "foundation" or "base"--that is something "put under" something else. So a hypothesis is something you assume to be true in order that you can use it as the base or basis for a line of reasoning--and any such assumption can be called hypothetical. So, for example, the theory that the dinosaurs became extinct because of a giant meteor that struck the earth near the Yucatán Peninsula involves the hypothesis that such a collision would have had such terrible effects on the earth's climate that the great reptiles would have been doomed. Once a hypothesis has been thoroughly studied and researched without being proved wrong, it generally comes to be called a theory instead.

1588

First Known Use of hypothetical

1588


HYPOTHETICAL Defined for Kids

hypothetical

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

Definition of hypothetical for Students

  1. 1 :  involving or based on a hypothesis

  2. 2 :  imagined as an example for further thought <a hypothetical situation>

hypothetically

adverb <speaking hypothetically>




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