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

: 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

:  involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also :  theoretical rather than demonstrable <speculative knowledge>
:  marked by questioning curiosity <gave him a speculative glance>
:  of, relating to, or being a financial speculation <speculative stocks> <speculative venture>
spec·u·la·tive·ly adverb


  1. His conclusions are highly speculative.
  2. a writer with a speculative mind
  3. a speculative boom in housing construction

First Known Use of SPECULATIVE

14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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