|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||hypothesis speculate|
|2.||[ verb ] to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds|
|Synonyms:||suppose speculate hypothesize theorize hypothecate hypothesise theorise|
: "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps."
|Related terms:||expect explicate reconstruct hypothesis theory hypothesis guess speculation theorist theorization supposition speculator|
|3.||[ noun ] a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence|
|Synonyms:||guess speculation surmise hypothesis surmisal supposition|
|Related terms:||opinion divination think estimate speculate guess suspect surmise|
|4.||[ noun ] (psychology) reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence|
|Related terms:||reasoning theorization supposition speculate|