noun spec·u·la·tion \ˌspe-kyə-ˈlā-shən\

: ideas or guesses about something that is not known

: activity in which someone buys and sells things (such as stocks or pieces of property) in the hope of making a large profit but with the risk of a large loss

Full Definition of SPECULATION

:  an act or instance of speculating: as
a :  assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gain
b :  a transaction involving such speculation


  1. He dismissed their theories as mere speculation.
  2. The book is just a lot of idle speculation about the future.
  3. Her speculations leave many questions unanswered.
  4. He lost everything in foolish land speculation.

First Known Use of SPECULATION

14th century


Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer


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SPECULATION Defined for Kids


noun spec·u·la·tion \ˌspe-kyə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of SPECULATION for Kids

:  2guess
:  the taking of a big risk in business in hopes of making a big profit


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