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Definition of "conjecture" []

  • Inference or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork. (noun)
  • A statement, opinion, or conclusion based on guesswork: The commentators made various conjectures about the outcome of the next election. (noun)
  • To infer from inconclusive evidence; guess. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a conjecture. (verb-intransitive)
  • The formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence; guess (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The inference or conclusion so formed (noun)
  • Interpretation of occult signs (noun)
  • To infer or arrive at (an opinion, conclusion, etc) from incomplete evidence (verb)

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Use "conjecture" in a sentence
  • "The word conjecture was all over it: it was full of disclaimers and hedgings, and it raised the hair on the back of his neck, regardless."
  • "Such conjecture is not only legitimate; it's necessary and urgent."
  • "For some time I was lost in conjecture as to the cause of this; but yesterday an idea struck me, and if it is well founded, I conjure you to avow it."