dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


5 definitions found
 for conjecture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
     evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first
           loose conjecture by a real study of nature. --Whewell.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 Webster]
  
           Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what
           will be.                                 --South.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Conjecture \Con*jec"ture\, v. i.
     To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form
     an opinion; to imagine.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  conjecture
      n 1: a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or
           conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence);
           "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he
           dismissed it as mere conjecture" [syn: speculation,
           conjecture]
      2: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
         [syn: guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise,
         surmisal, speculation, hypothesis]
      3: reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from
         incomplete evidence
      v 1: to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;
           "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
           [syn: speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture,
           hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "conjecture":
     assume, assumption, axiom, believe, blind guess, bold conjecture,
     conceive, conclude, deem, estimate, expect, fancy, feel, gather,
     give a guess, glean, guess, guesswork, hazard a conjecture, hunch,
     hypothesis, imagine, infer, inference, judge, perhaps, postulate,
     postulation, postulatum, premise, presume, presumption,
     presupposal, presupposition, pretend, proposition, risk assuming,
     rough guess, set of postulates, shot, speculation, stab, supposal,
     suppose, supposing, supposition, surmise, suspect,
     take for granted, tentatively suggest, thesis, think,
     unverified supposition, venture a guess, wild guess,
     working hypothesis
  
  

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229