speculative

adjective
spec·​u·​la·​tive | \ ˈspe-kyə-lə-tiv How to pronounce speculative (audio) , -ˌlā- \

Definition of speculative

1 : involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation also : theoretical rather than demonstrable speculative knowledge
2 : marked by questioning curiosity gave him a speculative glance
3 : of, relating to, or being a financial speculation speculative stocks speculative venture

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speculatively adverb

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Examples of speculative in a Sentence

His conclusions are highly speculative. a writer with a speculative mind a speculative boom in housing construction
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Recent Examples on the Web Any theory must be somewhat speculative at this early date, but the most obvious factor here is surely the coronavirus. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 8 Oct. 2021 The enthusiastic environment of 2021 trading has fueled a hefty appetite for risk that has lifted more speculative areas of the market. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 Since the turn of the 20th century, there have been ever-expanding ways to profit off the future, as more and more areas of social life become terrains of speculative economic opportunity. Devon Powers, Wired, 30 Dec. 2021 As Colin Gale, director of the Bethlem Museum, tells Andrew Pulver of the Art Newspaper, the kaleidoscope artworks were never dated, and their placement in a sequence was purely speculative. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 The website points interested parties to the OpenSea secondary market, where much of the NFT speculative frenzy has taken place. Vlad Savov, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 The website points interested parties to the OpenSea secondary market, where much of the NFT speculative frenzy has taken place. Time, 22 Dec. 2021 Stone took care to distinguish his most purely speculative sequences in a film populated by unreliable narrators, flawed memories and competing versions of the truth. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 At other times, though, Marks’s hypotheses are purely speculative. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of speculative

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speculative was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2022

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“Speculative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speculative. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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speculative

adjective

English Language Learners 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

speculative

adjective
spec·​u·​la·​tive | \ ˈspe-kyə-lə-tiv, -ˌlā- How to pronounce speculative (audio) \

Legal Definition of speculative

1 : involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation also : theoretical rather than demonstrable speculative medical testimony concerning the cause of death
2 : of, relating to, or being a financial speculation speculative securities speculative home building

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speculatively adverb

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