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speculative

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adjective spec·u·la·tive \ˈspe-kyə-lə-tiv, -ˌlā-\

Simple Definition of speculative

  • : based on guesses or ideas about what might happen or be true rather than on facts

  • : tending to think about what might happen or be true : tending to speculate

  • : showing curiosity or uncertainty

Full Definition of speculative

  1. 1 :  involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also :  theoretical rather than demonstrable <speculative knowledge>

  2. 2 :  marked by questioning curiosity <gave him a speculative glance>

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being a financial speculation <speculative stocks> <speculative venture>

spec·u·la·tive·ly adverb

Examples of speculative

  1. His conclusions are highly speculative.

  2. a writer with a speculative mind

  3. a speculative boom in housing construction



14th Century

First Known Use of speculative

14th century



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