hypothetical

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Supposed]
Syn. presupposed, suppositious, suppositional, conditional, conjectural, imagined, indeterminate, speculative, indefinite, questionable, unconfirmed, equivocal, doubtful, conjecturable, concocted, suspect, stochastic, stochastical, assumed by hypothesis, possible, uncertain, debatable, imaginary, of the nature of hypothesis, vague, theoretical, pretending, open, provisory, casual, disputable, refutable, postulational, contestable, presumptive, hypothesized, assumptive, contingent, theoretic, postulated, based on incomplete knowledge; see also assumed 1 , likely 1 .
Ant. proved*, demonstrated, confirmed.
2. [Characterized by hypothesis]
Syn. postulated, academic, philosophical; see theoretical .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[hye puh THET i kul]
assumed, unproven, uncertain.
There are numerous hypothetical explanations for UFOs.
SYN.: assumed, unproven, uncertain, conjectural, speculative, supposed, presumed, inferred, guessed, academic, theoretical, presumptive.
ANT.: factual, established, actual, confirmed
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Existing only in concept and not in reality: abstract, hypothetic, ideal, theoretical, transcendent, transcendental. See REAL. 2. Presumed to be true, real, or genuine, especially on inconclusive grounds: conjectural, hypothetic, inferential, presumptive, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious, suppositive. See BELIEF.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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