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1An opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.

*‘conjectures about the newcomer were many and varied’**‘the purpose of the opening in the wall is open to conjecture’**‘At the same time, I willingly sign up to support longer-range conjectures about the place and purpose of social tools, in general, and explicit software networking technologies, in specific.’**‘For the rest of the morning she issued conjectures about the change in her social status this swingset would bring about.’**‘So we sat, the last few hours, thinking about the last few months and making conjectures about the future.’**‘She dispelled my early conjectures about my own children's unearthly wisdom and helped me realize that virtually everything they did and said came from practicing what they saw and heard.’**‘The refreshing night breeze suddenly seemed much more appealing than spending the next half hour sitting amongst people who were making false conjectures about me.’**‘The mass media have reported every single act of violence, however insignificant, making conjectures about its terrorist nature.’**‘And to be unfeminine - too masculine, in other words - is to invite savage personal attacks, intense scrutiny, and conjectures about one's sexuality.’**‘Please avoid general conjectures about when such unreliable assurances must doubtless have been made.’**‘Scholars can offer us only conjectures about who wrote it, who the intended audience was, and where and when it was written.’**‘Would they consider preconceived biases having influenced their conjectures?’**‘The conjecture is that speculators are acting on insider information.’**‘So I guess the conjecture can continue through the foreseeable future.’**‘I am only making a conjecture based on website flight information.’**‘Until then, the issues that John claimed to be ‘pointing out’ are just opinion and conjecture.’**‘I treated that information as plausible conjecture and afforded it credibility as such.’**‘His exact reasons for calling it quits remained a matter for heated public conjecture.’**‘Our conjecture is that, in general, contextual information requires more attentional resources and intentional processing to encode and to retrieve than does item information.’**‘You must not be influenced by sentiment, conjecture, sympathy, passion, prejudice, public opinion, or public feeling.’**‘It was as though I had opened a faucet that everyone was just waiting to see opened, so they could start throwing the conjecture around.’*

View synonyms**guess**, speculation, surmise, fancy, notion, belief, suspicion, presumption, assumption, theory, hypothesis, postulation, supposition- 1.1An unproven mathematical or scientific theorem.
*‘the Goldbach conjecture’**‘Scientific theories are conjectures based upon interpretations of the data, and therefore are never ‘proven’, but merely supported or not by such interpretations.’**‘He proposed a demarcation criterion that, in his view, made the distinction between scientific theories and non-scientific conjectures.’**‘Everyone knows it holds true for every number you can think of but provide rigorous mathematical proof and you win yourself a million bucks - courtesy of the book's publisher, and in the process turn a conjecture into a theorem.’**‘Mathematical proofs of conjectures, however, require more than overwhelming numerical evidence.’**‘Elemental cowboy concerns of earth and air are replaced by the abstract academic conjectures of scientists.’**‘Indeed, this is far from a theoretical conjecture.’**‘There still remain unproven conjectures such as the finiteness and consistency of any superstring theory, past the first three terms of a certain approximation scheme.’**‘Decades ago, mathematicians proved the corresponding conjectures for spheres of four dimensions and higher.’**‘What leads a mathematician to make a conjecture?’**‘But they also inspire new conjectures and ideas.’**‘This work continues the tradition of mathematical experiment to help discover patterns, suggest conjectures, and develop new theorems.’**‘Unable to deliver any semblance of scientific validity for their conjectures and unwilling to wait until their notions pass scientific muster, they have only the political process available.’**‘Such workshops will allow scientists to turn conjectures based on one instrument's tantalizing results into conclusions based on many separate lines of evidence.’**‘Maybe there just is no mathematical proof whatsoever which decides the conjecture.’**‘By providing a molecular model of how the protein moves, experimental ideas and conjectures on the proton transfer process can be considered in some detail.’**‘The generalised Poincaré conjecture has since been shown for all dimensions greater than 4, but the original conjecture has so far remained unproven.’**‘Third, scientists should regard theories as at best interesting conjectures.’**‘Always cheerful, always available, he enjoyed long debates with his students during which he would toss out original ideas and propose conjectures, or sketching the lines of a proof.’**‘And has the conjecture been supported by rigorous mathematics or a mere dismissal?’**‘This conjecture was worked on by many famous mathematicians.’*

View synonyms**concept**, idea, notion, thought, generality, generalization, theory, theorem, formula, hypothesis, speculation, conjecture, supposition, presumption - 1.2(in textual criticism) the suggestion or reconstruction of a reading of a text not present in the original source.
*‘He was as sparing with critical opinions as he was with textual conjecture - only about ten percent of his notes might be called judicial.’**‘He is aware of the present trend away from textual conjecture.’*

1Form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information.

*‘many conjectured that the jury could not agree’**‘he conjectured the existence of an otherwise unknown feature’**‘Therefore, this hypothesis conjectures that population density should be positively correlated with patch area.’**‘It was conjectured that a spiral walkway would have led around the hill allowing a procession to reach the 120-foot high summit for pre-historic ceremonies.’**‘It is conjectured that natural selection tuned the average connectivity in such a way that the network reaches a sparse graph of connections.’**‘It was also conjectured that individuals with high levels of anxious/ambivalent attachment would seek to maintain an extremely close relationship with their families because of fear of abandonment.’**‘Further, it was conjectured that the adolescents mistook superficial emotions, such as excitement and security, for genuine feelings of well-being.’**‘She resembles nothing more than one of those Neolithic ‘goddess’ figurines for which a fertility significance is usually conjectured.’**‘Immediately after the accident it was conjectured that the dress had caught fire through contact with a cigarette or a lighted match, thrown down from a higher place above the stairs.’**‘It was conjectured that English-speaking Chinese youth identify less with Chinese culture and are more isolated from their Chinese peers.’**‘He conjectured results about the number of solutions to polynomial equations over the integers using intuition on how algebraic topology should apply in this novel situation.’**‘Because of its posture, if it had been a human being, one might conjecture it was melancholy with a slight reluctance as to what it was doing, akin to a child in pursuit of a lost toy.’**‘From this, we conjecture global stability in certain cases.’**‘Given this procedural assumption, that integration often creates a need for further integration, it is possible to conjecture the future development.’**‘Of course, if that had been the case I would conjecture the set would grow from two discs to about 48.’**‘As an adhesive, we conjecture that energy in the fibrils is lost upon decohesion and unloading.’**‘Based on experimental evidence he was able to conjecture certain laws which were not verified until many years later.’**‘I can only conjecture the reasons that the organisers had for arranging this visit.’**‘This sort of cannibalism is an activity that scientists have long imagined and conjectured and in fact predicted but had never seen before.’**‘On the basis of this evidence, plus incredible intuition, he conjectured that all the complex zeros are on the critical line.’**‘In places where those records are incomplete or lost, we are left to conjecture when people from past centuries were born.’**‘Without conjecturing about the specifics of the various relationships, let's say that hypothetically they're intimidated by her due to her fairly strong personality, intelligence and beauty.’*

View synonyms**guess**, speculate, surmise, infer, fancy, imagine, believe, think, suspect, presume, assume, hypothesize, take as a hypothesis, theorize, form a theory, formulate a theory, suppose- 1.1(in textual criticism) propose (a reading).
*‘As he conjectures that the story is not about the mutually longed-for tryst that he had read into her letters, he questions his own ability to interpret what is figured in a text.’**‘There are several cases, however, where I have had to conjecture a reading of the text in order to make sense of it.’*

View synonyms**put forward**, volunteer, advance, submit, proffer, offer, air, bring up, suggest, propound, posit, propose, moot, ventilate, broach, lodge, introduce, put up, present

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘to divine’ and ‘divination’): from Old French, or from Latin conjectura, from conicere ‘put together in thought’, from con- ‘together’ + jacere ‘throw’.

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