Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis: a hypothetical situation. See Synonyms at theoretical.
  • adj. Suppositional; uncertain. See Synonyms at supposed.
  • adj. Conditional; contingent.
  • n. A hypothetical circumstance, condition, scenario, or situation: OK, let's consider this possibility then—just as a hypothetical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural
  • adj. conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent
  • n. A hypothetical situation or proposition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as hypothetic, and the more common form.
  • A proposition consisting of two or more clauses united by conjunctions, or which states a relation to exist between different possibilities.
  • n. A hypothetical proposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.
  • adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence

Etymologies

From Greek hupothetikos, from hupothetos, placed under, supposed, from hupotithenai, to suppose; see hypothesis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὑποθετικός (hupothetikos) (Wiktionary)

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  • JM asks have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

    August 13, 2011

  • JM asks have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

    August 13, 2011

  • JM asks have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

    August 13, 2011