Is there any way to say the following more elegantly:

The argument relies on an unsupported, but likely correct, claim?

The intention is to say that some argument relies on a claim without providing an evidence. However, it is not a big problem, because the claim is likely correct. Can we say it in one line?



Parentheses might be better:

The argument relies on an unsupported (but likely correct), claim.

or "but" could be changed to "if", "albeit", or some other word.

Inverting the order might not be:

While likely correct, the claim on which this argument is based is unsupported.


This argument is predicated on a reasonable hypothesis.

A hypo-thesis would mean that the claim is unsubstantiated, however it is a reasonable one to hold.

  • This is good—except for the use of predicated which isn't a simple word. I would suggest using based on instead. – Jason Bassford Aug 7 '18 at 14:33
  • I think this is good, assuming she doesn't want to draw too much attention to the lack of evidence. – S Conroy Aug 7 '18 at 15:05

It think it depends on what you wish to emphasise.

If the fact that the claim is unsupported is of primary importance, then I think Steve Smith's second answer is good.

If you want a slightly stronger emphasis on the fact that the claim is correct you could try:

'The argument relies on a claim which is unsupported but probably correct'.

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