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conjecture

A conclusion that is not proved but rather is assumed from incomplete evidence; a guess or speculation.
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Why he had done it, what could have provoked him to such a breach of hospitality, and so suddenly turned all his partial regard for their daughter into actual ill will, was a matter which they were at least as far from divining as Catherine herself; but it did not oppress them by any means so long; and, after a due course of useless conjecture, that "it was a strange business, and that he must be a very strange man," grew enough for all their indignation and wonder; though Sarah indeed still indulged in the sweets of incomprehensibility, exclaiming and conjecturing with youthful ardour.
He longed for some confirmation of this hopeful conjecture, but to have asked any question as to what Raffles had said or done would have been to betray fear.
I could not for the life of me conjecture what possessed the old gentleman, until all at once, availing himself of the temporary absence of the household, he went through a variety of of uncouth gestures, pointing eagerly down to my feet, then up to a little bundle, which swung from the ridge pole overhead.
I had about given up fruitless conjecture and was on the point of returning to sleep when a dozen Kaolian guardsmen entered my apartment.
For all those dragging days my mind was a whirl of mad conjecture, of frantic hope, of numbing fear.
God is a conjecture: but who could drink all the bitterness of this conjecture without dying?
To think this is giddiness and vertigo to human limbs, and even vomiting to the stomach: verily, the reeling sickness do I call it, to conjecture such a thing.
The starting point are the prominent conjectures of Farrell-Jones on the algebraic K- and L-theory of group rings, of Baum-Connes on the topological K-theory of reduced group C^*-algebras, and of Atiyah on the integrality of L^-Betti numbers.
Yang, Branden's Conjectures on the Boros-Moll Polynomials, arXiv:1205.
They cover Vizing fans, Kierstead paths, simple graphs and line graphs, Tashninov trees, Goldberg's conjecture, extreme graphs, generalized edge colorings of graphs, and 20 pretty edge coloring conjectures.
2) While the standard game theoretical approach to market interaction suggests that sellers share a common and correct conjecture about the others' actions, we allow sellers to entertain multiple conjectures.