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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [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"  [syn:  {speculation}] 
  2:  a  message  expressing  an  opinion  based  on  incomplete  evidence 
  [syn:  {guess},  {supposition},  {surmise},  {speculation},  {hypothesis}] 
  3:  reasoning  that  involves  the  formation  of  conclusions  from 
  incomplete  evidence 
  v  :  to  believe  especially  on  uncertain  or  tentative  grounds: 
  "Scientists  supposed  that  large  dinosaurs  lived  in 
  swamps."  [syn:  {speculate},  {theorize},  {theorise},  {hypothesize}, 
  {hypothecate},  {suppose}] 




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