speculation: a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome ...

guess: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

speculate: to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

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In mathematics, a conjecture is a mathematical statement which appears likely to be true, but has not been formally proven to be true under the rules of mathematical logic. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjecture

An educated guess.

csmp.ucop.edu/cmp/resources/glossary.html

A preliminary statement or hypothesis that something is true; a statement may later be confirmed or disproved through observation or testing.

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A proposition that is consistent with known data, but has been neither verified nor shown to be false. [EW00] hüpotees Lause, mis ei ole vastuolus teadaolevate andmetega, kuid mida pole tõestatud ega ümber lükatud.

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A conjecture is a statement which, although much evidence can be found to support it, has not been proved to be either true or false.

ddi.cs.uni-potsdam.de/Lehre/TuringLectures/MathNotions.htm

A statement that is to be shown true or false. A conjecture is usually developed by examining several specific situations.

www.dolorescounty.k12.co.us/math_glossary.htm

A generalization made as a result of inductive reasoning (Lesson 1.1).

www.ocean.k12.wa.us/ilwacohi/mathDpt/geometry/glossaryc.htm

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