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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hypothetic  \Hy`po*thet"ic\,  Hypothetical  \Hy`po*thet"ic*al\,  a. 
  [L.  hypotheticus  Gr  ?:  cf  F.  hypoth['e]tique.] 
  Characterized  by  or  of  the  nature  of  an  hypothesis; 
  conditional;  assumed  without  proof,  for  the  purpose  of 
  reasoning  and  deducing  proof,  or  of  accounting  for  some  fact 
  or  phenomenon. 
 
  Causes  hypothetical  at  least,  if  not  real,  for  the 
  various  phenomena  of  the  existence  of  which  our 
  experience  informs  us  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  {Hypothetical  baptism}  (Ch.  of  Eng.),  baptism  administered  to 
  persons  in  respect  to  whom  it  is  doubtful  whether  they 
  have  or  have  not  been  baptized  before  --Hook.  -- 
  {Hy`po*thet"ic*al*ly},  adv  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hypothetical 
  adj  :  based  on  hypothesis;  "a  hypothetical  situation";  "the  site 
  of  a  hypothetical  colony"  [syn:  {hypothetic}] 




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