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She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
  a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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conjecture conjectures conjectured conjectural conjecturer conjecturing
A conjecture can be widely believed, but the word is also frequently used to imply that evidence is insufficient to support a belief.
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  • She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
  • It is important to distinguish between conjecture and fact.
  • [of days until he will fly again]  "Three days C. B.," conjectures Kat.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "I guess the ideal thing," I conjectured, half dreaming, "would have been to get clothes with good, deep pockets."
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees

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  • "It must have melted into stone," Father conjectured.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • This account rather alarmed us, and we continued to search for him until night fell, when Elizabeth conjectured that he might have returned to the house.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Finally out of Nanny’s talk and her own conjectures she made a sort of comfort for herself.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • He knew our number, knew that Sir Henry Baskerville had consulted me, spotted who I was in Regent Street, conjectured that I had got the number of the cab and would lay my hands on the driver
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Twere good she were spoken with; for she may strew
    Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Mrs. Hale glanced at me tentatively, as though trying to see how much footing my conjectures gave her; and I guessed that if she had kept silence till now it was because she had been waiting, through all the years, for some one who should see what she alone had seen.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome

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  • ...nor can any one describe my horror and amazement, when I saw the ground spread with sculls, hands, feet, and bones of human bodies; and particularly, I perceived a space like a circle, in the midst of which had been a fire, about which I conjectured these wretches sat, and unnaturally sacrificed and devoured their fellow creatures.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The door was ajar; Farfrae knocked; and he who stood before them was Whittle, as they had conjectured.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It was conjectured that perhaps the family had information to the effect that Erlone knew of the whereabouts of Miss Dalton, and certain police officials assigned that as the motive behind the family’s request for the radical’s release.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • His post had been kept open for him, but there had been conjectures that in case of his death Alexeev might receive his appointment, and...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • in my simple conjectures:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A radio announcer barks fresh conjectures about a possible attack and...
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine honour;
    And mak’st conjectural fears to come into me
    Which I would fain shut out.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Who is Peter Van Houten to assert as fact the conjecture that our labor is temporary?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • There has been a great deal of conjecture about what caused such a precipitous decline.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Though the dates given are often conjectural, especially for the Second Age, they deserve attention.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It was a painful, but not an improbable, conjecture.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But this is conjecture.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • ...I busied myself in vain, unconnected conjecture.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • And although this were little better than conjecture, yet I resolved to steer my course eastward, hoping to reach the south-west coast of New Holland,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • did not lead him to the conjectural field of immortality and man’s place in the universe.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • To be guided by second-hand conjecture is pitiful.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • In short, I could learn nothing but that she was gone; all the rest, for eight long months, was left to conjecture.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • "That’s all pure conjecture," I objected.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, although puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • These questions had such a particular drift that Georgiana began to conjecture that she was already subjected to certain physical influences, either breathed in with the fragrant air or taken with her food.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • But this is matter only for conjecture, things having gone otherwise than he forecast.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • there was no time to pause and conjecture
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I will not deny that you conjecture rightly.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Conjecture, expectation, and surmise
    Of aids incertain should not be admitted.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • I conjecture that the names they represent are in the Security Chiefs data storage location.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Mostly they were focused on me, whispering, nodding, conjecturing on who I was.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Whenever Steve came over, my father would duck into his study, or join my mother in her bedroom, where, in hushed whispers, they would try and conjecture what might be going on below.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Whether or not he acted alone is a matter of conjecture.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • However, these conjectures are vague and fallible.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Westerberg’s latter conjecture, as it turned out, was a fairly astute analysis of the relationship between Chris and Walt McCandless.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • While I was seriously pondering upon it, I was suddenly alarmed with the noise of a gun, which I conjectured was fired upon the ocean.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But as all these conjectures were very uncertain, I could do no more than commiserate there distress, and thank God for delivering me, in particular, when so many perished in the raging ocean.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Your tools have elevated gossip, hearsay and conjecture to the level of valid, mainstream communication.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Our exact positioning between those two points is a matter of pointless conjecture, and I will waste no time on it.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Fluet, heading the investigation for the CAB, dismissed this as conjecture.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • These stories were viewed as quintessential—as defining, in some way—and every family member, including Stem’s three-year-old, had heard them told and retold and embroidered and conjectured upon any number of times.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • All conjecture and speculation on your part.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But the record had been on the top of the stack, and I could not help making this instinctive conjecture as I replaced it, assuming that in their final anguish—or ecstasy, or whatever engulfing revelation may have united them just before the darkness—the sound they heard was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It now managed to break through long enough to tell me that however absurd I thought its conjectures, giving this man Frank’s name, the same as his own, was only likely to lead to further trouble.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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