• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hypothetical based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural","the supposed reason for his absence","suppositious reconstructions of dead languages","hypothetical situation"
    • n hypothetical a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc. "consider the following, just as a hypothetical"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hypothetical Characterized by, or of the nature of, an hypothesis; conditional; assumed without proof, for the purpose of reasoning and deducing proof, or of accounting for some fact or phenomenon. "Causes hypothetical at least, if not real, for the various phenomena of the existence of which our experience informs us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hypothetical Same as hypothetic, and the more common form.
    • hypothetical A proposition consisting of two or more clauses united by conjunctions, or which states a relation to exist between different possibilities.
    • n hypothetical A hypothetical proposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hypothetical belonging to a hypothesis: conditional
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hypotheticus, Gr. : cf. F. hypothétique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., hypo, under, tithenai, to place.


In literature:

There is no one point in their system which is not hypothetical.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 7, July, 1880" by Various
No alternative explanation can be worked out on the basis of hypothetical wage or price movements.
"The Enclosures in England" by Harriett Bradley
The hypothetical ether has been as fruitful in the liberation of thought as the demonstration of the existence of the X-rays.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
In such a case, pleasure would be continuous, pain null; action constant, reaction hypothetical.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
They are discrete elements strung along on a hypothetical ego.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
Give up fame and fortune for a hypothetical domestic career?
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
No science is so speculative, none so hypothetical, as the so-called science of medicine.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He decided to wrap it up in a hypothetical situation.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
A hypothetical answer came to him so ugly that it chilled him to the bone.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
I'm going to put this situation of ours before him, citing a hypothetical case, and get his advice.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
This period, like all primary periods, is largely hypothetical.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
But hypothetical propositions, i.e.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
She was not imaginative enough to contribute to a conversation so hypothetical.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The "Bertie" she had spoken of meant Albert as well as a hypothetical Herbert.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
Happily, the future of palaeontology is independent of all hypothetical considerations.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
What, then, is the subject, and what the predicate of the hypothetical proposition?
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
Is it possible that she can object to his introducing his hypothetical wife into the consideration?
"Doctor Cupid" by Rhoda Broughton
What was the last hypothetical devil mentioned?
"Kim" by Rudyard Kipling
But Hahn talked on stolidly about a hypothetical family in Karlsruhe.
"The Messenger" by Elizabeth Robins
However, D'Ancona's theory is too hypothetical, and it may also be said, too neat, to be accepted without reservation.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds

In news:

Bruce Springsteen, NJ Gov Chris Christie Neck-and-Neck in Hypothetical Race.
Christie ranks third for presidential nominee in hypothetical poll of Iowa Republicans.
Simulated Sex Acts and Hypothetical White Supremacists.
Wellington's millions: MLive readers feeling charitable with hypothetical inheritance.
Not every school loses state aid under hypothetical enactment of Walker's education budget.
Students design Southtown's hypothetical grocery store.
NL Cy Young Award results with my hypothetical ballot.
Forever 21 Ponders Hypothetical Magazine.
Judge's Hypothetical Question Is Cited in Bronx Officer's Acquittal.
"Dream course" at the University of Oklahoma during international online charette to use software to create a hypothetical Core to Shore development of future.
Software to create a hypothetical development in downtown Oklahoma City's Core to Shore area.
Paterson plateaus, Spitzer ( hypothetically ) on the rise.
Hill's out as VP ( hypothetically , that is).
Appearing on the WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" on Thursday morning, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington responded to a hypothetical question on whether the team would move quickly on hiring a new manager should it decide to fire Bobby Valentine.
For now, though, this process is still hypothetical, and the purge is in limbo.

In science:

Accounting for the limited event statistics, the chance probability p(fγ ) is calculated to obtain data sets with χ2 values larger than observed as a function of the hypothetical primary photon fraction fγ .
Upper limit on the primary photon fraction from the Pierre Auger Observatory
Hypothetic analyses: Approximate counting in the style of Knuth, path length in the style of Fla jolet.
Rounding of continuous random variables and oscillatory asymptotics
In the last expression σij (G) is an element of the adjacency matrix representing the graph G and Θij characterizes field coupled to the hypothetical link {i, j }.
Fluctuation-dissipation relations for complex networks
At present elementary particles are such kind of particles (real and hypothetical), characteristics and interactions of which could be adequately described in terms of LF.
About Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Field Theory with Fundamental Mass
Under a hypothetical assumption that E is fixed or is statistically independent of P , the average size of P ∩ E is polynomial in the dimension d and the reciprocal of the standard deviation σ and polylogarithmic in the number of vertices n, see Theorem 2.1 below.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
One obtains Bell’s inequalities if one posits a hypothetical joint probability distribution, or measure, whose marginals yield the probabilities produced by the spin measurements in question.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
The chance probability p(fγ ) is calculated to obtain artificial data sets with χ2 values larger than observed as a function of the hypothetical primary photon fraction fγ .
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
Hypothetical dependences of the rotation parameter,
R3 fluids
We don’t agree with such a claim since, in our opinion, the hypothetical assumption that we are determined to make the experiments we perform is not incompatible with such a Philosophy of Science.
The multihistory approach to the time-travel paradoxes of General Relativity: mathematical analysis of a toy model
To this writer’s mind, this leaves only one option open for de fining the category of quantum phenomena, namely: a quantum phenomenon is one that absolutely cannot have its patterns encoded mathematically without calling on a unique fundamental hypothetical input of Quantum Mechanics.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
In fact, information from state preparation is essential for the EPR analysis of (hypothetical) measurements of the system described by the wavefunction (5).
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Proof of the `Incompleteness' of Quantum Mechanics
Let x be an element such that dim Ce,x is (hypothetically) minimal, as produced by the algorithm.
Computing with nilpotent orbits in simple Lie algebras of exceptional type
Privacy amplification procedures can be applied to the shared bits in order to reduce this hypothetical information gained by the attacker to negligible levels .
Secure sharing of random bits over the Internet
S′ is a monomorphism the only (hypothetical) homomorphism 0 −→ S′ is also monomorphism.
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)
Finally, long-period, non-radial oscillations in G and K giants cannot be excluded but are presently rather hypothetical since they have never been unambiguously identified and lack a clea r theoretical support.
Planets around evolved intermediate-mass stars. I. Two substellar companions in the open clusters NGC 2423 and NGC 4349