conjectural

adjective

con·​jec·​tur·​al kən-ˈjek-chə-rəl How to pronounce conjectural (audio)
-ˈjek-shrəl
1
: of the nature of or involving or based on conjecture
Without evidence, his conclusions are only conjectural.
2
: given to conjectures
… a conjectural critic …Samuel Johnson
conjecturally adverb

Examples of conjectural in a Sentence

a necessarily conjectural account of Shakespeare's life, since there is so little hard information
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Word History

Etymology

see conjecture entry 1

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conjectural was in 1553

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“Conjectural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conjectural. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

conjectural

adjective
con·​jec·​tur·​al kən-ˈjek-chə-rəl How to pronounce conjectural (audio)
-ˈjeksh-rəl
: being, involving, or based on conjecture
a conjectural interpretation
conjecturally
-rə-lē
adverb
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