Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun hypothetical

1 sense of hypothetical

Sense 1
hypothetical -- (a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.; "consider the following, just as a hypothetical")
       => hypothesis, possibility, theory -- (a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices")

Antonyms of adj hypothetical

1 sense of hypothetical

Sense 1
conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, hypothetic, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious -- (based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation")

INDIRECT (VIA theoretical) -> empirical, empiric -- (derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known")

Similarity of adj hypothetical

1 sense of hypothetical

Sense 1
conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, hypothetic, supposed, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious -- (based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "hypothetical situation")
       => theoretical (vs. empirical), theoretic -- (concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science")

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