speculative

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

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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The Internet was quick to apply wildly speculative socio-political analysis to the situation. Vogue, "Was Cardi B, or Her Publicist, in on Offset's "Surprise" Appearance at Her Show?," 17 Dec. 2018 The embattled government didn’t have the time or the money to entertain speculative rocket projects, and the RD-0410 was canceled by 1990. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Might Actually Build a Nuclear-Powered Rocket," 16 Nov. 2018 That last conclusion is a bit speculative in my opinion. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Super-solid helium state confirmed in beautiful experiment," 10 Dec. 2018 How the Amazonian implants will affect LIC is speculative. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 This implies that some possible response strategies receive less attention, as their future performance is more speculative or their introduction would be based on drivers other than cost, such as lifestyle change or more rapid electrification. David Roberts, Vox, "What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like," 8 Oct. 2018 Director Comey's memory of these interactions was equivocal and speculative, while Mr. McCabe's recollection is clear, unequivocal and supported by documentary evidence. Pamela Brown, CNN, "Internal FBI report shows discrepancy between McCabe and Comey accounts," 30 Mar. 2018 It should be reiterated that the Telegraph report is an unconfirmed rumor of a change for which no rollout timeline exists, so all these questions remain purely speculative. Aja Romano, Vox, "Twitter’s rumored killing of the “like” button highlights its misplaced priorities," 29 Oct. 2018 While this speculative design was never completed, its influence looms large over the museum and art worlds. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of speculative

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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- \

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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