Pronunciation: /kənˈdʒɛk tʃər/ ?

A conjecture is a statement that has three attributes:[1]

  • The statement is consistent with known data. It is generally considered to likely be true.
  • The statement has not been proved true.
  • The statement has not been proved false.

If a statement has not been proved true or proved false, its truth value is unknown.


  1. conjecture. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).
  2. Popper, Karl R.. Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge, 2nd edition. Routledge, August 9, 2002. (Accessed: 2010-01-19).
  3. Schwarz, Dianne Driscoll. Conjecture and Proofs: An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. Brook Cole, July 24, 1996. (Accessed: 2010-01-19).

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