Hypothetical baptism
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. [1913 Webster]

Causes hypothetical at least, if not real, for the various phenomena of the existence of which our experience informs us. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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