Definition of conjectural in English:



  • Based on or involving conjecture.

    ‘the evidence was deemed too conjectural’
    • ‘Despite increased understanding of the nature of the disease in general, the factors that contribute to symptomatic destabilization are little studied and much remains conjectural.’
    • ‘My point is why make the claim for a developed canon in the first place, especially when it is based on conjectural attributions and dates.’
    • ‘Fears of conjectural health risk from the pesticides themselves, as well as environmental concerns, would have swamped the valid arguments for the employment of such techniques.’
    • ‘A conjectural science, which teaches to judge of the effects and influences of the stars, and to foretell future events by the situation and different aspects of the heavenly bodies.’
    • ‘Citing the findings of previous interpreters could also be a way of letting readers know that a translation was itself a conjectural reconstruction open to refutation.’
    • ‘Altered estrogen receptor sensitivity is another possible abnormality, but like the estrogen-androgen imbalance suggestion, it is completely conjectural.’
    • ‘Her inspiring words were the only remnants other than my conjectural thoughts that I allowed to follow my every flight.’
    • ‘Address your fears with conjectural theory and speculation.’
    • ‘The vignettes that follow are conjectural, but they may suggest ways in which his life as we know it found its way into his art.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when scientists could look at the state as a bottomless pit of resources for often conjectural studies.’
    • ‘The foregoing is conjectural, and is intended more to suggest an approach to establishing action on behalf of the future than to prescribe specifics.’
    • ‘Although this sort of analogy to herd-living, open-country ungulates will always be somewhat conjectural, it is far from being completely speculative.’
    • ‘Watson and Crick were determined to try to build a conjectural model of the structure of DNA.’
    • ‘Certainly, where the evidence in question is equivocal, in the sense of ambiguous and uncertain and conjectural in nature, the probative force is of such diminished significance as to be valueless.’
    • ‘Yet, it does not explain why its proponents don't believe in unicorns, leprechauns or other such conjectural entities, all of which also lie outside the imagined boundaries of science.’
    • ‘The defendant says the elements of the loss must be established with reasonable certainty, and must not be speculative or conjectural.’
    • ‘It is preoccupied with hypothetical origins and conjectural future ends.’
    • ‘It is their reliance on conjectural statements based on outward similarities that mars the book as a whole.’
    • ‘Prying apart the text, he located discrepancies between the author's conjectural inferences and the evidence actually offered in support of those inferences.’
    • ‘Everything else - that is, the actual character of the external world and of our relationship to it - must remain conjectural or hypothetical, though some hypotheses are better than others.’
    speculative, suppositional, theoretical, hypothetical, putative, academic, notional, abstract
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Mid 16th century: via French from Latin conjecturalis, from conjectura ‘inference’ (see conjecture).