surmisal, hypothesis, speculation, surmise, supposition, conjecture, guess
n. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
v. infer from incomplete evidence
surmise, suspect
v. imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"
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supposal, supposition
n. the cognitive process of supposing
prognostication, forecasting, foretelling, prediction
n. a statement made about the future
premiss, assumption, premise
n. a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
tenet, dogma, belief
n. a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
n. a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
v. form or construct theories; "he thinks and theorizes all day"
infer, guess
v. guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
say, suppose
v. express a supposition; "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"
v. estimate based on a calculation
v. talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion; "We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"
try, adjudicate, judge
v. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
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n. a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened; "he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts"
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