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supposition
used in Moby Dick

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something supposed (rather than something known to be so) — especially when others doubt that reality
  • But such a supposition did by no means involve the remotest suspicion as to any boat's crew being assigned to that boat.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (43% in)
  • But not to speak of the passage through the whole length of the Mediterranean, and another passage up the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, such a supposition would involve the complete circumnavigation of all Africa in three days, not to speak of the Tigris waters, near the site of Nineveh, being too shallow for any whale to swim in.
    Chapters 82-84 — The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (62% in)
  • The anatomical fact of this labyrinth is indisputable; and that the supposition founded upon it is reasonable and true, seems the more cogent to me, when I consider the otherwise inexplicable obstinacy of that leviathan in HAVING HIS SPOUTINGS OUT, as the fishermen phrase it.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (6% in)
  • The invariable moisture of my hair, while plunged in deep thought, after six cups of hot tea in my thin shingled attic, of an August noon; this seems an additional argument for the above supposition.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (21% in)

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