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See also: conjecturé
From Old French, from Latin coniectūra (“a guess”), from coniectus, perfect passive participle of cōniciō (“throw or cast together; guess”), from con- (“together”) + iaciō (“throw, hurl”); see jet. Compare adjective, eject, inject, project, reject, subject, object, trajectory.
- (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈd͡ʒɛk.t͡ʃə(ɹ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /kənˈd͡ʒɛk.t͡ʃɚ/
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conjecture (countable and uncountable, plural conjectures)
- (formal) A statement or an idea which is unproven, but is thought to be true; a guess.
- I explained it, but it is pure conjecture whether he understood, or not.
- (formal) A supposition based upon incomplete evidence; a hypothesis.
- The physicist used his conjecture about subatomic particles to design an experiment.
- (mathematics, linguistics) A statement likely to be true based on available evidence, but which has not been formally proven.
- (obsolete) Interpretation of signs and omens.
- See also Thesaurus:supposition
- abc conjecture
- Beal's conjecture
- Brocard's conjecture
- Collatz conjecture
- Dickson's conjecture
- Dixmier conjecture
- double bubble conjecture
- Elliott-Halberstam conjecture
- Gilbreath's conjecture
- Goldbach's conjecture
- Hedetniemi's conjecture
- honeycomb conjecture
- Jacobian conjecture
- Oesterlé-Masser conjecture
- Poincaré conjecture
- Polignac's conjecture
- Ryu-Takayanagi conjecture
- SYZ conjecture
- Szpiro's conjecture
- Thurston's geometrization conjecture
unproven statement; guess
supposition based upon incomplete evidence; a hypothesis
statement likely to be true based on available evidence, but which has not been formally proven
conjecture (third-person singular simple present conjectures, present participle conjecturing, simple past and past participle conjectured)
- (formal, intransitive) To guess; to venture an unproven idea.
- I do not know if it is true; I am simply conjecturing here.
- (transitive) To infer on slight evidence; to guess at.
- February 22, 1685, Robert South, All Contingences under the Direction of God's Providence (sermon preached at Westminster Abbey)
- 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XIX, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1842, →OCLC, page 243:
- "Most likely he who is the shorter of the two;—no! he goes in the first, and is, of course, the eldest; but we have no time for conjecturing now."
- Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what will be.
- “conjecture”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “conjecture”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- “conjecture”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
Borrowed from Latin coniectūra.
conjecture f (plural conjectures)
Not to be confused with conjoncture.
- inflection of conjecturer:
- “conjecture”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of conjecturar:
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