[ US /kənˈdʒɛkʃɝ, kənˈdʒɛktʃɝ/ ]
[ UK /kənd‍ʒˈɛkt‍ʃɐ/ ]
  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
  2. reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
  3. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  1. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps
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How To Use conjecture In A Sentence

  • Unlike Church, Turing developed his disproof of Hilbert's conjecture around the conception of a hypothetical machine which would decide the truth of statements by a set of well-defined sequential operations.
  • Before her return from California all this would have been mere conjecture. Times, Sunday Times
  • The attitudes of others were matters of conjecture although there were plenty of rumours about how individuals had behaved.
  • That, for now, is mere conjecture. Times, Sunday Times
  • Until then, the issues that John claimed to be ‘pointing out’ are just opinion and conjecture.
  • The Poincaré Conjecture remained unsolved during the entire twentieth century and defeated the efforts of many of the best topologists and geometers of the time.
  • Nevertheless, the immense size of its larynx or thropple, which William dissected out and brought with him to England, seems to indicate vast powers of voice in this animal; but I am at a loss to conjecture why it should be provided either with this unusual capability of "blaring," or with the exceedingly strong whiskers that arm its muzzle, organs which, though nominally of little or no importance except in The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 367, April 25, 1829
  • The impact of this episode upon the efforts to change the style of services for mentally ill patients is hard to conjecture.
  • It was as though I had opened a faucet that everyone was just waiting to see opened, so they could start throwing the conjecture around.
  • Bentley conjectured AVERSO for _aduerso_, and the two words are obviously prone to interchange: compare _Tr_ I iii 45 (of Ovid's wife, after his departure) 'multaque in auersos [_Heinsius_: aduersos _codd_] effudit uerba Penates' and the variations among the manuscripts at The Last Poems of Ovid
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