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Hypothetical vs. Virtual

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Hypotheticaladjective

Based upon a hypothesis; conjectural

Virtualadjective

In effect or essence, if not in fact or reality; imitated, simulated.

‘In fact a defeat on the battlefield, Tet was a virtual victory for the North, owing to its effect on public opinion.’; ‘Virtual addressing allows applications to believe that there is much more physical memory than actually exists.’;

Hypotheticaladjective

(philosophy) conditional; contingent upon some hypothesis/antecedent

Virtualadjective

Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or measurable part; potential.

Hypotheticalnoun

A hypothetical situation or proposition

‘These hypotheticals serve no purpose until we have more information.’;

Virtualadjective

Nearly, almost. (A relatively recent development in meaning)

‘The angry peasants were a virtual army as they attacked the castle.’;

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Hypotheticaladjective

based on hypothesis;

‘a hypothetical situation’; ‘the site of a hypothetical colony’;

Virtualadjective

Simulated in a computer or online.

‘The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.’;

Hypotheticaladjective

based on or serving as a hypothesis

‘let us take a hypothetical case’;

Virtualadjective

Operating by computer or in cyberspace; not physically present.

‘a virtual assistant; a virtual personal trainer’;

Hypotheticaladjective

supposed but not necessarily real or true

‘the hypothetical tenth planet’;

Virtualadjective

Capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.

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Hypotheticaladjective

denoting or containing a proposition of the logical form if p then q.

Virtualadjective

(physics) Pertaining to particles in temporary existence due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Hypotheticalnoun

a hypothetical proposition or statement

‘officials refuse to discuss military policy except in coy hypotheticals’;

Virtualnoun

A virtual member function of a class.

Virtualadjective

Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or sensible part; potential; energizing.

‘Heat and cold have a virtual transition, without communication of substance.’; ‘Every kind that lives,Fomented by his virtual power, and warmed.’;

Virtualadjective

Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

‘A thing has a virtual existence when it has all the conditions necessary to its actual existence.’; ‘To mask by slight differences in the manners a virtual identity in the substance.’;

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Virtualadjective

being actually such in almost every respect;

‘a practical failure’; ‘the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin’;

Virtualadjective

being such in essence or effect though not in actual fact;

‘a virtual dependence on charity’; ‘a virtual revolution’; ‘virtual reality’;

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