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Definition 1: a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc. - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hypothetical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • consider the following, just as a hypothetical

(hypothetical is a kind of ...) a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory" "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"

Definition 2: based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where hypothetical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural
  • the supposed reason for his absence
  • suppositious reconstructions of dead languages
  • hypothetical situation

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(hypothetical is similar to ...) concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

"theoretical science"

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