If something is hypothetical, it is based on possible ideas or situations rather than actual ones.

Let's look at a hypothetical situation in which Carol, a recovering cocaine addict, gets invited to a party.

...a purely hypothetical question.

Derived words:
hypothetically [[t]ha͟ɪpəθe̱tɪkli[/t]] ADV usu ADV with v, ADV with cl, also ADV adj

He was invariably willing to discuss the possibilities hypothetically...

It bases its figures on what it might, hypothetically, be earning on past investment.

Hypothetical is also a noun.

Well, at present we won't speculate on hypotheticals.

English dictionary. 2008.

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