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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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La Cour n'est pas encline a conjecturer apres coup sur l'efficacite des efforts des administrateurs pour prevenir les defauts de versement.
Skeptical of what he considered wild conjectures, he was nevertheless a ceaseless conjecturer. Demolishing some obviousnesses--for example, that populousness is a good in itself--he continued to traffic in others: contraception is vice; sexual passion largely constant; desire heteronormative.