Hypothetical meaning

hīpə-thĕtĭ-kəl
The definition of hypothetical is something that is assumed or based on theory.

An example of hypothetical is a plan based on something that would never happen.

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A hypothetical circumstance, condition, scenario, or situation.

OK, let's consider this possibility then—just as a hypothetical.

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Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis.

A hypothetical situation.

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Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural.
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(philosophy) Conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent.
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Conditional; contingent.

The hypothetical meaning of a clause beginning with if.

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Based on, involving, or having the nature of a hypothesis; assumed; supposed.
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Given to the use of hypotheses.

A hypothetical mind.

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A hypothetical statement, idea, circumstance, etc.
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A hypothetical situation or proposition.

These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.

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Origin of hypothetical

  • From Greek hupothetikos from hupothetos placed under, supposed from hupotithenai to suppose hypothesis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ὑποθετικός (hupothetikos)

    From Wiktionary