- 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.
- 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 conjectureMiddle 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 jet
- 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.
verbcon·jec·tured, con·jec·tur·ing, con·jec·tures
Origin of conjectureMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin coniect&umacron;ra, from coniectus, past participle of conicere, to infer : com-, com- + iacere, to throw; see y&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(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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