Allow me to explain my question. So 'hypothetical', according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as follows:
: involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis : not real : imagined as an example http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothetical
Normally, it is seen in contexts such as:
He asked a hypothetical question.
"She described a hypothetical case to prove her point." (example sentence from Merriam-webster)
Could the word hypothetical be used in this context as well:
“They probably wouldn’t. But, NASA never discovered aliens; this situation is unprecedented,” Mr. Fern continues.
We look at Mr. Fern quizzically. There are aliens right outside, trapped inside leak-proof containment cells.
“That’s why you’re asking us,” Mac says. “Your team will say no, won’t they, in respect with NASA’s hypothetical wishes.”
In this case, the team does not know what NASA's wishes are; they are guessing what the wishes would be, and acting on those guesses. Could those wishes be described as hypothetical or is that improper usage of the word? An explanation would be greatly appreciated.