speculation

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

Definition of speculation

  1. :  an act or instance of speculating: such asa :  assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gainb :  a transaction involving such speculation

Examples of speculation in a Sentence

  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.

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14th Century

First Known Use of speculation

14th century


SPECULATION Defined for English Language Learners

speculation

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

Definition of speculation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SPECULATION Defined for Kids

speculation

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

Definition of speculation for Students

  1. 1 :  2guess

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


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speculation

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

Legal Definition of speculation

  1. :  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



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