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practical, established, tested, validated, confirmed, distinct, empiric, factual, empirical, concrete, time-tested, actual, attested, clinical, definite, nontheoretical, proven, verified, authenticated, observational, demonstrated, real, defined, nonspeculative, substantiated.

Usage examples for hypothetical:

  1. This might do: 'In Assignation's name he assignats'; signifying that he pre- eminently flourishes hypothetical promises, to pay by appointment. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. So that, while they use his authority for a hypothetical case, they reject it in the very case before them. - "Select Speeches of Daniel Webster", Daniel Webster.
  3. " He who will determine," returned Imlac, " against that which he knows because there may be something which he knows not; he that can set hypothetical possibility against acknowledged certainty, is not to be admitted among reasonable beings. - "Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia", Samuel Johnson.

Quotes for hypothetical:

  1. People don't realize that molecules themselves are somewhat hypothetical, and that their interactions are more so, and that the biological reactions are even more so. - Kary Mullis.
  2. When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute. - Walter Lippmann.
  3. The RNA World referred to an hypothetical stage in the origin of life on Earth. - Sidney Altman.
  4. I don't know how to sit outside myself and test against a hypothetical self who stayed home. - Thom Gunn.
  5. Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers. - Joan Baez.