Definitions for: Conjecture


[n] reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
[n] a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
[n] a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
[v] to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps."



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*jec"ture (; 135?), n. [L. conjectura, fr.
conjicere, conjectum, to throw together, infer, conjecture;
con- + jacere to throw: cf. F. conjecturer. See Jet a
shooting forth.]
An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive
evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.

He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first
loose conjecture by a real study of nature. --Whewell.

Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. --Milton.


Con*jec"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Conjectured; p.
pr. & vb. n. Conjecturing.] [Cf. F. conjecturer. Cf.
Conject.]
To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to
surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.

Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what
will be. --South.


Con*jec"ture, v. i.
To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form
an opinion; to imagine.

Synonyms: guess, hypothecate, hypothesis, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, speculation, speculation, suppose, supposition, surmisal, surmise, theorise, theorize

See Also: abstract thought, anticipate, construct, develop, expect, explicate, formulate, hypothesis, logical thinking, opinion, possibility, reasoning, reconstruct, retrace, supposal, supposition, theorisation, theorization, theory, view

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