hypothetical


hy·po·thet·i·cal

adjective \ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-ti-kəl\

: 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

:  being or involving a hypothesis :  conjectural <hypothetical arguments> <a hypothetical situation>
hypothetical noun
hy·po·thet·i·cal·ly \-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>

First Known Use of HYPOTHETICAL

1588

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