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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)

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.

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."