conjecture
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin conjectura, from conjectus, past participle of conicere, literally, to throw together, from com- + jacere to throw — more at jet Date: 14th century 1. obsolete a. interpretation of omens b. supposition 2. a. inference from defective or presumptive evidence b. a conclusion deduced by surmise or guesswork c. a proposition (as in mathematics) before it has been proved or disproved II. verb (-tured; conjecturing) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to arrive at or deduce by conjecture ; guess <
scientists conjecturing that a disease is caused by a defective gene
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2. to make conjectures as to <
conjecture the meaning of a statement
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intransitive verb to form conjectures • conjecturer noun

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  • conjecture — [ kɔ̃ʒɛktyr ] n. f. • 1246; lat. conjectura 1 ♦ Opinion fondée sur des probabilités ou des apparences. ⇒ hypothèse, supposition. Parler de qqch. par conjecture. Conjecture sur l avenir. ⇒ prévision, pronostic. 2 ♦ (Nuance péj.) Opinion fondée sur …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • conjecture — CONJECTURE. s. f. Jugement probable, opinion que l on fonde sur quelques apparences touchant quelque chose obscure & incertaine. Forte, foible, puissante conjecture. legere, vaine conjecture. conjecture trompeuse. conjecture bien fondée, mal… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • conjecture — CONJECTURE. subs. fém. Jugement probable, opinion que l on fonde sur quelques apparences touchant une chose obscure et incertaine. Forte conjecture. Puissante conjecture. Foible, légère, vaine conjecture. Conjecture trompeuse, bien fondée, mal… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • conjecture — vb Conjecture, surmise, guess are comparable as verbs, meaning to draw an inference from slight evi dence, and as nouns, denoting an inference based upon such evidence. Conjecture implies formation of an opinion or judgment upon what is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • conjecture — Conjecture, Coniectura, Coniectatio. Faulse conjecture, Fallax coniectura. Entendre par conjecture, Coniectura consequi. Qu on scait par conjectures, Coniecturalis. Choses desquelles on peut faire quelque conjecture, Res positae in coniectura. On …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • conjecture — I noun assumption, belief, guess, guesswork, hypothesis, imputation, inference, opinion, postulate, postulation, presumption, presupposition, presurmise, speculation, supposal, supposition, surmise, suspicion, theory, thesis, unverified… …   Law dictionary

  • conjecture — [kən jek′chər] n. [ME < L conjectura, a putting together, guess, inference < conjectus, pp. of conjicere, to throw together, guess < com , together + jacere, to throw: see JET1] 1. an inferring, theorizing, or predicting from incomplete… …   English World dictionary

  • Conjecture — Con*jec ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conjectured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conjecturing}.] [Cf. F. conjecturer. Cf. {Conject}.] To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conjecture — Con*jec ture (; 135?), n. [L. conjectura, fr. conjicere, conjectum, to throw together, infer, conjecture; con + jacere to throw: cf. F. conjecturer. See {Jet} a shooting forth.] An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conjecture — late 14c., interpretation of signs and omens, from O.Fr. conjecture surmise, guess, or directly from L. coniectura conclusion, interpretation, guess, inference, lit. a casting together (of facts, etc.), from coniectus, pp. of conicere to throw… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conjecture — [n] speculation, assumption conclusion, fancy, guess, guesstimate*, guesswork, hunch, hypothesis, inference, notion, opinion, perhaps, presumption, shot in the dark*, sneaking suspicion, stab in the dark*, supposition, surmise, theorizing,… …   New thesaurus

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