being assumed or held as a possibility or idea–theoretical
– There’s an academic tradition called the ‘Last Lecture.’ Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students? Well, for me, there’s an elephant in the room. And the elephant in the room, for me, it wasn’t hypothetical. – Randy Pausch
– The comedian George Carlin asked his audience an hypothetical question: “What if there were no hypothetical questions?“
– In order to conduct this science experiment, we must start with the assumption that our hypothesis is true, but we must remain open to the possibility that it may not be.
– That is a great question, and although there is not a definitive answer, there are some hypothetical answers that I will be happy to enumerate for you.
supposed, theoretical, possible,
Melancholy (adjective, noun)
(adj.) causing or having depression or a thoughtful sadness; (n.) a feeling of deep sadness
– When her best friend moved away, the girl remained melancholy for some time.
– He was a quiet, melancholy sort of man, who always gave the impression of someone who had suffered greatly in his life.
– Jason wallowed for a time in his melancholy, but he soon discovered that finding new challenges prevented melancholy.
– There was a state of melancholy among the students when their favorite professor passed away.
(adj.) sad, disconsolate, dejected, pensive, (n.) sadness, depression,
(adj.) happy, ecstatic, joyous, (n.) happiness, joy