Definition of hypothetical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

hypothetical

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌhaɪpəˈθetɪkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhaɪpəˈθetɪkl//
 
 
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based on situations or ideas which are possible and imagined rather than real and true a hypothetical question/situation/example Let us take the hypothetical case of Sheila, a mother of two… I wasn't asking about anybody in particular—it was a purely hypothetical question.
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