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 Plundervolt, however, uses means other than speculative execution. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX coughs up crypto keys when scientists tweak CPU voltage," 10 Dec. 2019 In other words, such precautionary classifications remain, for now, quite speculative despite their significant effects on mission planning. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Reduce Red Tape for the Red Planet, Report Says," 25 Oct. 2019 Known as speculative execution, the performance enhancing strategy then throws out the answers that don’t match the results of the earlier steps. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Intel Is Moving From Software Fixes to Hardware Redesigns to Combat Specter and Meltdown," 15 Mar. 2018 For now, though, this connection is only speculative. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 And the majority of the space is speculative, meaning it hasn’t been preleased. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Hines brings second phase to southwest Houston business park," 13 Dec. 2019 That at least reduces the risks relative to a more speculative early-stage biotech investment. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "This Biotech Deal Is a $10 Billion Leap of Faith," 25 Nov. 2019 The global housing boom that led up to the Great Recession of 2007-09 was driven by narratives that persuaded people to think of their homes as speculative investments in scarce land. The Economist, "How stories can help explain booms and busts," 10 Oct. 2019 The kind of sharp rate cuts by the Fed that Trump is demanding would also likely encourage investors to place more money in stocks and other speculative investments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tale about Romney unrest, impeachment," 6 Oct. 2019

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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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“Speculative.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speculative?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=specul07. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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


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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