- 1An opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information: conjectures about the newcomer were many and varied [mass noun]: a matter for conjectureMore example sentences
guess, speculation, surmise, fancy, notion, belief, suspicion, presumption, assumption, theory, hypothesis, postulation, supposition; inference, extrapolation, projection; approximation, estimate, rough calculation, rough idea; guesswork, guessing, surmising, imagining, theorizing• informal guesstimate, shot in the darkNorth American • informal ballpark figure
- At the same time, I willingly sign up to support longer-range conjectures about the place and purpose of social tools, in general, and explicit software networking technologies, in specific.
- For the rest of the morning she issued conjectures about the change in her social status this swingset would bring about.
- So we sat, the last few hours, thinking about the last few months and making conjectures about the future.
- 1.1An unproven mathematical or scientific theorem.More example sentences
- Scientific theories are conjectures based upon interpretations of the data, and therefore are never ‘proven’, but merely supported or not by such interpretations.
- He proposed a demarcation criterion that, in his view, made the distinction between scientific theories and non-scientific conjectures.
- Everyone knows it holds true for every number you can think of but provide rigorous mathematical proof and you win yourself a million bucks - courtesy of the book's publisher, and in the process turn a conjecture into a theorem.
- 1.2 [mass noun] (In textual criticism) the suggestion of a reading of a text not present in the original source.More example sentences
- He was as sparing with critical opinions as he was with textual conjecture - only about ten percent of his notes might be called judicial.
- He is aware of the present trend away from textual conjecture.
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- 1Form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information: [with clause]: many conjectured that she had a second husband in mindMore example sentences
- Therefore, this hypothesis conjectures that population density should be positively correlated with patch area.
- It was conjectured that a spiral walkway would have led around the hill allowing a procession to reach the 120-foot high summit for pre-historic ceremonies.
- It is conjectured that natural selection tuned the average connectivity in such a way that the network reaches a sparse graph of connections.
- 1.1(In textual criticism) propose (a reading).More example sentences
- As he conjectures that the story is not about the mutually longed-for tryst that he had read into her letters, he questions his own ability to interpret what is figured in a text.
- There are several cases, however, where I have had to conjecture a reading of the text in order to make sense of it.
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- It is conjecturable that the temperature in these regions will increase up to 4°C.
- It is a mix of threes & fours, at which I arrived when I wondered what other conjecturable particles besides tachyons may be conceived through the exploration of special-relativistic equations.
- It is always the similar which is capable of knowing the similar; reason knows the intelligible things; science, the knowable things; opinion, conjecturable things; sensation, sensible things.
late Middle English (in the senses 'to divine' and 'divination'): from Old French, or from Latin conjectura, from conicere 'put together in thought', from con- 'together' + jacere 'throw'.