Con·jec·ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Conjectured p. pr. & vb. n. Conjecturing.] To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning.
Human reason can then, at the best, but conjecture what will be. --South.
Con·jec·ture n. An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion.
He [Herodotus] would thus have corrected his first loose conjecture by a real study of nature. --Whewell.
Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. --Milton.
Con·jec·ture, v. i. To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form an opinion; to imagine.
n 1: a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or
conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence);
"speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he
dismissed it as mere conjecture" [syn: speculation]
2: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
[syn: guess, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation,
3: reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from
v : to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;
"Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in
swamps" [syn: speculate, theorize, theorise, hypothesize,
hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose]