hypothetical hypothetical  /ˌhaɪ pə ˈθɛ tə kəl/


  1. (adj) based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
  2. (n) a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.


  1. The conference unfortunately went off on a tangent and made hypothetical claims about causes and effects of global warming.
  2. The explanation of the strange happening was only hypothetical because no one could provide any concrete proof of their respective claim.


  1. Muslims' profiling suit over border questions can proceed, judge rules

    U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said that Muslim Americans stopped at the U.S.-Canada border and other ports of entry 'have alleged an injury that is real and immediate, not hypothetical.'
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. ACC Division Realignment Hypothetical: Carolinas, Miami, Louisville And Boston College In Coastal

    ACC Division Realignment Hypothetical: Carolinas, Miami, Louisville And Boston College In Coastal
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WPXI Pittsburgh

  3. Avoiding Taxes As A Retiree Isn't So Easy

    A recent tax article written for Forbes by William Baldwin, How Retirees Pay Zero Taxes, caught my eye. The article discussed how a hypothetical wealthy retired couple could pay no federal tax by putting their wealth into real estate, municipal bonds and stock index funds. The income earned from these investments was either tax-free or was cancelled out by deductions and exemptions.  Baldwin ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "It's a hypothetical," President Bush said Monday, while calling on Musharraf to hold elections and relinquish his army post as soon as possible. "I certainly hope he does take my advice."
    on Nov 5, 2007 By: President Bush Source: FOXNews

  2. "We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before," Venter said.
    on Oct 6, 2007 By: Craig Venter Source: AFP

  3. When asked about future plans for Smith, and whether the team might consider letting him go now so that he could begin shaping a career elsewhere, Nolan replied, "I'll just tell you real clearly, I'm not going to answer any hypothetical questions...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Mike Nolan Source: SF Illustrated

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