- Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural
- 1882, Roby, Henry John, chapter XVIII, in A Latin grammar for schools, London: MacMillan and Co., Book IV : Syntax or use of Inflexional Forms, page 258:
- Such a subjunctive as appears in the principal clause (i.e. the apodosis) of a conditional sentence may be called a hypothetical subjunctive. An hypothetical subjunctive expresses an action1 which, while its non-occurrence is implied, is yet supposed to occur, if some other action occur.
- 2006, ACLU v. NSA (District Court opinion):
- To establish standing under Article III, a plaintiff must satisfy the following three requirements: (1) "the plaintiff must have suffered an injury in fact - an invasion of a legally protected interest which is (a) concrete and particularized, and (b) actual or imminent, not conjectural or hypothetical"; ...
- (philosophy) conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent
based upon a hypothesis
hypothetical (plural hypotheticals)
- A hypothetical situation or proposition
- These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.