speculative

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

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

speculatively

adverb

Examples of speculative in a Sentence

  1. His conclusions are highly speculative.

  2. a writer with a speculative mind

  3. a speculative boom in housing construction

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First Known Use of speculative

14th century


SPECULATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of speculative for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

speculative

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

Legal Definition of speculative

  1. 1 :  involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also :  theoretical rather than demonstrable speculative medical testimony concerning the cause of death

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a financial speculation speculative securities speculative home building

speculatively

adverb


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