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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Other Words from speculative

speculatively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for speculative

Synonyms

academic (also academical), conjectural, hypothetical, suppositional, theoretical (also theoretic)

Antonyms

actual, factual, real

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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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This is sensible, and not only because any theory is bound to be highly speculative. Peter Adamson, The New York Review of Books, "What Was Philosophy?," 17 June 2019 According to TuttoMercatoWeb's report, which at this stage is still largely speculative, Milan understand that a deal for Torreira would be very difficult to push through this summer. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Torreira Wanted in Italy, Valencia Eye Perez, Felix to Snub Man City & More," 11 June 2019 Boyle, Finn and Turok take a stab at the singularity, but such an attempt is inherently speculative. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019 Conspiracy theorists allege the same thing is going on with Spears, but, again, that's highly speculative. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All Miley Cyrus' Black Mirror Episode Makes Me Think About Is Britney Spears," 6 June 2019 While only speculative, a fixture that may never have seemed like a 'six-pointer' could turn out to be just that if improvements aren't made for either side. SI.com, "8 Potential Relegation 'Six-Pointers' as Premier League Fixtures are Announced," 13 June 2019 Not one of his predecessors or contemporaries produced anything comparable in range, speculative brilliance, and visual intensity. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 The truth is, there isn’t a universal truth about bitcoin’s nature, so a combination of speculative value and use value get wrapped into the cryptocurrency’s global price. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The rationalist’s case for buying bitcoin," 10 June 2019 In the world of private equity, risk capital refers to the funds used for speculative, high-risk, high-reward investments. Bruce Deboskey, The Denver Post, "On Philanthropy: Philanthropy is the ultimate “risk capital”," 9 June 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

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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