Pronunciation: (hī"pu-thet'i-kul), [key]
1. assumed by hypothesis; supposed: a hypothetical case.
2. of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
3. given to making hypotheses.
a. (of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
b. (of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.
a hypothetical situation, instance, etc.: The Secretary of Defense refused to discuss hypotheticals with the reporters. Also,hy"po•thet'ic(defs. 1–4).
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