I should think/imagine/hope - definition and synonyms

phrase mainly spoken
  1. used for saying what you think/hope is true, when you have reasons for your opinion

    I should think that most of the people around here vote Tory.

    I should imagine that his parents are really upset.

    I should think/imagine/hope so:

    ‘Will Janet’s boyfriend be at the wedding?’ ‘Oh, I should think so.’

    I should think/hope not:

    Ken would never break his promise.’ ‘I should hope not.’

See also main entry: should