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Definition a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
  • She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • It is important to distinguish between conjecture and fact.
  • conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • Whether or not he acted alone is a matter of conjecture.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • conjecture = not known for sure — guessing or forming a conclusion based on inconclusive evidence
  • 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
  • conjectured = guessed based on inconclusive evidence
  • Twere good she were spoken with; for she may strew
    Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • conjectures = conclusions or opinions
  • However, these conjectures are vague and fallible.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • conjectures = guesses (opinions based on inconclusive evidence)
  • Who is Peter Van Houten to assert as fact the conjecture that our labor is temporary?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • 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
  • conjecture = opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • There has been a great deal of conjecture about what caused such a precipitous decline.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • conjecture = forming opinions or conclusions based upon inconclusive evidence
  • 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
  • conjectural = guessed (not known to be true)
  • ...I busied myself in vain, unconnected conjecture.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • conjecture = forming conclusions based on inconclusive evidence
  • It was a painful, but not an improbable, conjecture.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • conjecture = conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • I will not deny that you conjecture rightly.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • conjecture = form an opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • To be guided by second-hand conjecture is pitiful.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • 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
  • conjecture = conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • there was no time to pause and conjecture
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • conjecture = think about and form an opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • But this is matter only for conjecture, things having gone otherwise than he forecast.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • conjecture = speculation (to form a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence)
  • But this is conjecture.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
  • Mostly they were focused on me, whispering, nodding, conjecturing on who I was.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
conjecturing = forming conclusions (or guesses) based on inconclusive evidence

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