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Guess (noun)

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Guess n.s. [from the verb.] Conjecture; judgment without any positive or certain grounds.

The enemy's in view; draw up your powers:
Hard is the guess of their true strength and forces.

            A poet must confess
His art's like physick, but a happy guess.

It is a wrong way of proceeding to venture a greater good for a less, upon uncertain guesses, before a due examination. Locke.

We may make some guess at the distinction of things, into those that are according to, above, and contrary to reason. Locke.

This problem yet, this offspring of a guess,
Let us for once a child of truth confess.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Locke, John (269) · Prior, Matthew (162)

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