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Meaning & Definition of Conjecture in English

English

Conjecture

/kənʤɛkʧər/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • speculation
  • ,
  • conjecture

2. A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

    synonym:
  • guess
  • ,
  • conjecture
  • ,
  • supposition
  • ,
  • surmise
  • ,
  • surmisal
  • ,
  • speculation
  • ,
  • hypothesis

3. Reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

    synonym:
  • conjecture

verb

1. To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

  • "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
    synonym:
  • speculate
  • ,
  • theorize
  • ,
  • theorise
  • ,
  • conjecture
  • ,
  • hypothesize
  • ,
  • hypothesise
  • ,
  • hypothecate
  • ,
  • suppose