hypothetically

adverb hy·po·thet·i·cal·ly \ ˌhī-pə-ˈthe-ti-k(ə-)lē \

Definition of hypothetically

: by making an assumption for the sake of discussion or argument : in a hypothetical way
  • speaking hypothetically
  • In this lucid report … he uses genetic differences, maps, computer simulations and an analysis of linguistic changes in the world's languages to hypothetically reconstruct the mass migrations of people across continents since modern humans first appeared.
  • —Genevieve Stuttaford
  • We asked ourselves hypothetically: If the chairmen of the boards of these major tobacco companies walked in here today and said, "Okay, we're ready to do a deal," what did we want?
  • —Lewis H. Lapham
used to suggest what is theoretically possible
  • Hypothetically, you could use a computer to synthesize a large number of harmonics, add them back together, and reproduce a sound similar to that of the bowed violin string.
  • —Dragan Huterer

First Known Use of hypothetically

1593

in the meaning defined above

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