- The definition of a conjecture is a theory.
An example of conjecture is the belief that climate change will result in sea levels rising.
- Conjecture means to make a guess at something.
An example of conjecture is a scientist coming up with a theory about something.
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conjecture
- an inferring, theorizing, or predicting from incomplete or uncertain evidence; guesswork: an editorial full of conjecture
- an inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
- Obs. occult divination
Origin of conjecture
Middle English from Classical Latin conjectura, a putting together, guess, inference from conjectus, past participle of conjicere, to throw together, guess from com-, together + jacere, to throw: see jettransitive verb
-·tured, -·tur·ing
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conjecture
noun
- Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
- An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork: The commentators made various conjectures about the outcome of the next election.
verb
con·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing, con·jec·turesverb
transitiveverb
intransitiveOrigin of conjecture
Middle English from Old French from Latin coniectūra from coniectus past participle of conicere to infer com- com- iacere to throw ; see yē- in Indo-European roots.Related Forms:
- con·jec′tur·a·ble
adjective
- con·jec′tur·al
adjective
- con·jec′tur·al·ly
adverb
- con·jec′tur·er
noun
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conjecture
(countable and uncountable, plural conjectures)
- (formal) A statement or an idea which is unproven, but is thought to be true; a guess.
- I explained it, but it is pure conjecture whether he understood, or not.
- (formal) A supposition based upon incomplete evidence; a hypothesis.
- The physicist used his conjecture about subatomic particles to design an experiment.
- (mathematics, philology) A statement likely to be true based on available evidence, but which has not been formally proven.
(third-person singular simple present conjectures, present participle conjecturing, simple past and past participle conjectured)
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conjecture - Legal Definition
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