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English Dictionary: conjecture by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
conjecture
n
  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(s): speculation, conjecture
  2. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    Synonym(s): guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis
  3. reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
v
  1. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
    Synonym(s): speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Conjecture \Con*jec"ture\ (; 135?), n. [L. conjectura, fr.
      conjicere, conjectum, to throw together, infer, conjecture;
      con- + jacere to throw: cf. F. conjecturer. See {Jet} a
      shooting forth.]
      An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive
      evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
  
               He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first
               loose conjecture by a real study of nature. --Whewell.
  
               Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Conjecture \Con*jec"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conjectured}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Conjecturing}.] [Cf. F. conjecturer. Cf.
      {Conject}.]
      To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to
      surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.
  
               Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what
               will be.                                                --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Conjecture \Con*jec"ture\, v. i.
      To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form
      an opinion; to imagine.
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