I am looking for a word or a short phrase for people who frequently hypothesize and contemplate. Please help me out. I need use this word to give a title to an article that deals with such people as I've described. These are just general people, who happen to dream and ponder a lot over hypothetical possibilities.

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    I'm not sure what you are thinking of. Maybe you can start by checking out if these words work for you: dreamer, theorist, and visionary. – Damkerng T. May 8 '14 at 17:05
  • You mean, like Einstein did? You could help us out by giving a little more context about how you'd like to use the word. – J.R. May 8 '14 at 17:29
  • J.R. I need to give a title to an article that deals with such people as I've described. – battery May 8 '14 at 18:18
  • @battery - That tidbit helps a lot. I might use a different word in an article than I would in conversation. In general, you'll get better answers if you provide better background information. – J.R. May 8 '14 at 20:19
  • @battery Do these people share an occupation? "Scientists" for example? Or are these essentially just random people on the street who share a propensity for contemplation? – Alexander May 8 '14 at 21:07

I might go with just calling these people "thinkers". Depending on what you want to get across you might consider "day-dreamers" or "philosophers" as well.

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    Or "scientists," depending on the context. – J.R. May 9 '14 at 7:40
  • I like cogitators. – Sam Axe May 9 '14 at 8:59

First of all, you're describing a Myers-Briggs personality type called INTP.

Some various names:

  • More formal with positive connotations: thinker, intellectual, philosopher, scientist, genius
  • Neutral: Einstein
  • Negative: geek, Absent-minded professor, brainiac, brain,
  • Negative: egghead

Some people will proudly call themselves anything like a geek or an absent-minded professor, while others don't like being called Einstein or a genius etc.

The most accurate designation would be INTP Personality Type. What you use depends on what type of article you are writing.

  • Egghead isn't considered pejorative in the UK. It's often a label worn with pride. – Nicholas Shanks Mar 9 '18 at 13:57

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