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conjecture

noun assumption, belief, guess, hypothesis, imputation, inference, opinion, postulation, presumption, presupposition, presurmise, speculation, supposal, supposition, surmise, suspicion, thesis, unverified supposition
Foreign phrases: In claris non est locus conjecturis.In matters which are obvious there is no room for conjecture.
See also: anticipate, assume, assumption, belief, concept, deduce, deduct, estimate, estimation, expect, guess, hypothesis, idea, infer, inference, opine, opinion, postulate, presume, presumption, presuppose, prognosis, prognosticate, proposition, suppose, supposition, surmise, suspect, suspicion, theory, thesis, think, uncertainty, understand

CONJECTURE. Conjectures are ideas or notions founded on probabilities without any demonstration of their truth. Mascardus has defined conjecture: "rationable vestigium latentis veritatis, unde nascitur opinio sapientis;" or a slight degree of credence arising from evidence too weak or too remote to produce belief. De Prob. vol. i. quoest. 14, n. 14. See Dict. de Trevoux, h.v.; Denisart, h.v.

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Vincy would advance money to provide furniture-; and though, since it would not be necessary to pay for everything at once, some bills would be left standing over, he did not waste time in conjecturing how much his father-in-law would give in the form of dowry, to make payment easy.
For all he might have known, had he been capable of conjecturing, the only white-gods in existence had perished.
At the theatre entrance there was more banging and more bustle, and there were also Messrs Pyke and Pluck waiting to escort her to her box; and so polite were they, that Mr Pyke threatened with many oaths to 'smifligate' a very old man with a lantern who accidentally stumbled in her way--to the great terror of Mrs Nickleby, who, conjecturing more from Mr Pyke's excitement than any previous acquaintance with the etymology of the word that smifligation and bloodshed must be in the main one and the same thing, was alarmed beyond expression, lest something should occur.
The heroic books, even if printed in the character of our mother tongue, will always be in a language dead to degenerate times; and we must laboriously seek the meaning of each word and line, conjecturing a larger sense than common use permits out of what wisdom and valor and generosity we have.
asked the young man; and the citizen, shrewdly conjecturing his watch to be safe, dragged it out and announced:
God is a conjecture: but I do not wish your conjecturing to reach beyond your creating will.
And so, asking permission (readily granted) to see her again, and rightly conjecturing that the news he had brought would be told in the next five minutes to the other ladies, Captain Dobbin made his bow and took his leave.
Rightly conjecturing that this was the Blue Boar himself, he stepped into the house, and inquired concerning his parent.