conjecture

Definitions:

  • Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
  • An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork.
  • To judge or conclude by conjecture; guess.
  • To make a conjecture.
  • The act of forming an opinion without definite proof; a supposition made to account for an ascertained state of things, but as yet unverified; an opinion formed on insufficient presumptive evidence; a surmise; a guess.
  • Suspicious surmise; derogatory supposition or presumption.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> Supposition, hypothesis, theory.
  • To form (an opinion or notion) upon probabilities or upon slight evidence; guess: generally governing a clause.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Imagine, Conjecture, Surmise, Guess, Presume</em>, fancy, divine. <em>Imagine</em> literally expresses pure speculation, and figuratively expresses an idea founded upon the slightest evidence: as, I <em>imagine</em> that you will find yourself mistaken. <em>Conjecture</em> is something like a random throw of the mind; it turns from one possibility to another, and perhaps selects one, almost arbitrarily. <em>Surmise</em> has often the same sense as <em>conjecture</em>; it sometimes implies a suspicion, favorable or otherwise: as, I <em>surmise</em> that his motives were not good. <em>Guess</em> suggests a riddle, the solution of which is felt after by the mind—a question, as to which we offer an opinion, but not with confidence, because the material for a judgment is confessedly insufficient. To <em>presume</em> is to base a tentative or provisional opinion on such knowledge as one has, to be held until it is modified or overthrown by further information.
  • To form conjectures; surmise; guess.
  • To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.
  • To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form an opinion; to imagine.
  • An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
  • A statement or an idea which is <xref>unproven</xref>, but is thought to be true; a <xref>guess</xref>.
  • A <xref>supposition</xref> based upon incomplete evidence; a <xref>hypothesis</xref>.
  • A <xref>statement</xref> likely to be <xref>true</xref> based on available evidence, but which has not been <xref>formally</xref> <xref>proven</xref>.
  • <xref>Interpretation</xref> of <xref>signs</xref> and <xref>omens</xref>.
  • To <xref>guess</xref>; to <xref>venture</xref> an unproven idea.
  • to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  • reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
  • a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
  • a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
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