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hypothetical

adjective assumed, conjectural, imaginary, make-believe, opinabilis, pretended, speculative, supposed, suppositional, suppositive, unreal, unverifiable
Associated concepts: hypothetical controversy, hypothetical facts, hypothetical issue, hypothetical pleading, hypothetiial question, speculation
See also: conditional, debatable, disputable, moot, nonexistent, speculative, theoretical
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If this hypothetical man represent the ascending line of life--that is to say, if he promise all that which is highest in a Graeco-Roman sense, then it is likely that he will be condemned as wicked if introduced into the society of men representing the opposite and descending line of life.
I mean that, in attempting to state the PROXIMATE cause of the present event, some past event or events must be included, unless we take refuge in hypothetical modifications of brain structure.
It is, in fact, hypothetical, invoked for theoretical uses, and not an outcome of direct observation.
I do not wish to urge that this form of causation is ultimate, but that, in the present state of our knowledge, it affords a simplification, and enables us to state laws of behaviour in less hypothetical terms than we should otherwise have to employ.
It is quite probable that there is such a difference in the brain, but its nature is unknown and it remains hypothetical.
This law would need to be supplemented by some account of the influence of frequency, and so on; but it seems to contain the essential characteristic of mnemic phenomena, without admixture of anything hypothetical.
I rehearsed putative parts in hypothetical conversations.
Presents are made to the Boffin servants, and bland strangers with business- cards meeting said servants in the street, offer hypothetical corruption.
Since it cannot be excluded that the real purchase decision is affected by the fact that the subjects have already received the hypothetical question, a second group of subjects received only the real question.
For the hypothetical tax accounting dispute, we have assumed that the taxpayer engages an expert to support the accuracy of its accounting method.
An analysis of the effect of the gender of the subject's coach upon the subject's attitudes toward a hypothetical new coach revealed that the athletes of male coaches responded more positively to a new coach than athletes who were coached by females.
Moreover, with significant doubts about the relevance of recording assets at their hypothetical fair values, it would seem that the interests of investors are not well served if those assets will not actually produce the cash flows that are implied in their carrying amounts.