Hypothetical vs Quintessence - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between hypothetical and quintessence

is that hypothetical is a hypothetical situation or proposition while quintessence is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.

As a adjective hypothetical

is based upon a hypothesis; conjectural.

As a verb quintessence is

to reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

hypothetical

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural
  • *
  • (philosophy) conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent
  • Synonyms

    * conjectural * (contingent upon some hypothesis) conditional

    Antonyms

    * (actual) actual * (in philosophy) categorical

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A hypothetical situation or proposition
  • These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.

    quintessence

    Noun

  • A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
  • A pure substance.
  • The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
  • (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  • (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * quintessential * quintessentially

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.
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