hypothetical

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

Definition of hypothetical

  1. :  involving or being based on a suggested idea or theory :  being or involving a hypothesis :  conjectural hypothetical arguments a hypothetical situation

hypothetical

noun

hypothetically

play \ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-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

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First Known Use of hypothetical

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HYPOTHETICAL Defined for English Language Learners

hypothetical

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adjective

Definition of hypothetical for English Language Learners

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

  • : not real : imagined as an example


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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