hypothetical

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ὑποθετικός (hupothetikós)

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  • IPA(key): /ˌhaɪpəˈθɛtɪkl/

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hypothetical (comparative more hypothetical, superlative most hypothetical)

  1. Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural
    • 2006, ACLU v. NSA (District Court opinion):
      To establish standing under Article III, a plaintiff must satisfy the following three requirements: (1) "the plaintiff must have suffered an injury in fact - an invasion of a legally protected interest which is (a) concrete and particularized, and (b) actual or imminent, not conjectural or hypothetical"; ...
  2. (philosophy) conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent

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Noun[edit]

hypothetical (plural hypotheticals)

  1. A hypothetical situation or proposition
    These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.

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