## Conjecture

A **conjecture** is a proposition that is unproven. Karl Popper pioneered the use of the term "conjecture" in scientific philosophy. Conjecture is contrasted by hypothesis (hence *theory, axiom, principle*), which is a testable statement based on accepted grounds. In mathematics, a conjecture is an unproven proposition that appears correct.

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