con·​jec·​tur·​al | \ kən-ˈjek-chə-rəl How to pronounce conjectural (audio) , -ˈjek-shrəl \

Definition of conjectural

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

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conjecturally adverb

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Examples of conjectural in a Sentence

a necessarily conjectural account of Shakespeare's life, since there is so little hard information
Recent Examples on the Web Putin’s thinking has been so far removed from public scrutiny that any answer to that question is very conjectural. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 In the nineteenth century, greater empirical rigor was brought to the conjectural history that Rousseau had unfolded. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2021 But a few stressed that his arguments are conjectural. Quanta Magazine, 15 July 2021 Forecasts about the path to normality and its timing are almost entirely conjectural. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 One reason that companies with conjectural futures gravitate toward SPACs is that financial regulators give SPAC mergers much lighter scrutiny than conventional initial public offerings. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 The dross is the part where Jesus turns to address the poor man directly, like a real person instead of a prop for conjectural argument, and heals his hand. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Well into the 2010s, technological carbon removal seemed completely conjectural, a nice-to-have but still very notional idea. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 24 Nov. 2020 The same conjectural specificity applies to San Francisco Ballet, which plans to resume performances on Jan. 19. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of conjectural

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conjectural

see conjecture entry 1

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“Conjectural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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