Examples of hypothetical in a sentence
She described a hypothetical case to clarify her point.
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.
First Known Use of hypothetical
HYPOTHETICAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hypothetical for Students
1 : involving or based on a hypothesis
2 : imagined as an example for further thought a hypothetical situation
hypotheticallyadverb speaking hypothetically
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