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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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All the facts are in flat contradiction to such conjectures.
The author's conjecture on the name of the Red Sea.
His wonder, his conjectures, and his explanations became in succession hers, with the addition of this single remark -- "I really have not patience with the general" -- to fill up every accidental pause.
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.
I never had any conjectures about it," replied Margaret; "it was you who told me of it yourself.
But it is evident that all conjectures of this kind must be extremely vague and fallible: and that it is by far the safest course to lay them altogether aside, and to confine our attention wholly to the nature and extent of the powers as they are delineated in the Constitution.
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.
At the railway station in Nashville a distant relative awaited me to apprise me of the reason for my recall: my mother had been barbarously murdered--why and by whom none could conjecture, but the circumstances were these: My father had gone to Nashville, intending to return the next afternoon.
When I turned to look for my father he was gone, and in all the years that have passed no whisper of his fate has come across the borderland of conjecture from the realm of the unknown.
Of course, we can never formally prove that either one of these conjectures is both true and unprovable, for obvious reasons.
Teachers and researchers agree that making and testing conjectures is an invaluable part of mathematical learning.
arrive at their conjectures and how they generalise the ideas.