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hypothetical (ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkəl Pronunciation for hypothetical or hypothetic



  1. having the nature of a hypothesis
  2. assumed or thought to exist
  3. (logic) another word for conditional (sense 4)
  4. existing only as an idea or concept   ⇒ a time machine is a hypothetical device

Derived Forms

ˌhypoˈthetically adverb

Translations for 'hypothetical'

  • British English: hypothetical If something is hypothetical, it is based on possible ideas or situations rather than actual ones. ADJECTIVE…a purely hypothetical question.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: hipotético
  • Chinese: 假设的假设設的
  • European Spanish: hipotético hipotética
  • French: hypothétique
  • German: hypothetisch
  • Italian: ipotetico ipotetica
  • Japanese: 仮説の
  • Korean: 가정의
  • Portuguese: hipotético hipotética
  • Spanish: hipotético hipotética

Example Sentences Including 'hypothetical'

Because for years it had all been safely hypothetical : but now it was about to be real.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
No: I came home and they put me back in an office to write hypothetical military papers that nobody wanted to read.
Hilton, John Buxton Moondrop to Murder
On my way home from the Embassy I went to Oxford Street and tried to lose a hypothetical tail in a department store.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
So any "insights" into Shipman's motivation were hypothetical.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Syndicated columnist Bob Christ has been given a hypothetical $500 to wager on NFL games this season.
Toronto Sun (2003)
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said he would not answer questions about a hypothetical situation.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
The postulated Higgs field in the vacuum is a sort of hypothetical lattice which fills our Universe.
New Scientist (1999)
They fear governments and vaccine companies are dismissing the potential disaster as too hypothetical , too apocryphal.
canada.com (2004)
We sometimes refer to the example of a hypothetical hotel to illustrate how some of the methods can be used.
Torrington, Derek Personnel Management: A New Approach


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