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Meaning of CONJECTURE

Pronunciation:  kun'jekchur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
  2. [n]  a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
  3. [n]  a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  4. [v]  to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps."
 

CONJECTURE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: guess, hypothecate, hypothesis, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, speculation, speculation, suppose, supposition, surmisal, surmise, theorise, theorize
 
 See Also: abstract thought, anticipate, construct, develop, expect, explicate, formulate, hypothesis, logical thinking, opinion, possibility, reasoning, reconstruct, retrace, supposal, supposition, theorisation, theorization, theory, view

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Con*jec"ture\ (; 135?), n. [L. conjectura, fr.
    conjicere, conjectum, to throw together, infer, conjecture;
    con- + jacere to throw: cf. F. conjecturer. See {Jet} a
    shooting forth.]
    An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive
    evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
    
          He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first
          loose conjecture by a real study of nature. --Whewell.
    
          Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. --Milton.
    
    
  2. \Con*jec"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conjectured}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Conjecturing}.] [Cf. F. conjecturer. Cf.
    {Conject}.]
    To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to
    surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.
    
          Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what
          will be.                                 --South.
    
    
  3. \Con*jec"ture\, v. i.
    To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form
    an opinion; to imagine.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: assume, assumption, axiom, believe, blind guess, bold conjecture, conceive, conclude, deem, estimate, expect, fancy, feel, gather, give a guess, glean, guess, guesswork, hazard a conjecture, hunch, hypothesis, imagine, infer, inference, judge, perhaps, postulate, postulation, postulatum, premise, presume, presumption, presupposal, presupposition, pretend, proposition, risk assuming, rough guess, set of postulates, shot, speculation, stab, supposal, suppose, supposing, supposition, surmise, suspect, take for granted, tentatively suggest, thesis, think, unverified supposition, venture a guess, wild guess, working hypothesis
 

 

 

 

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