speculation

noun
spec·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌspe-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce speculation (audio) \

Definition of speculation

: an act or instance of speculating: such as
a : assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gain
b : a transaction involving such speculation

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Examples of speculation in a Sentence

He dismissed their theories as mere speculation. The book is just a lot of idle speculation about the future. Her speculations leave many questions unanswered. He lost everything in foolish land speculation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ohio State cannot worry about such speculation yet. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 The trips to the early voting presidential primary and caucus states naturally fuel more speculation about Pence making a 2024 White House run. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2021 In July, Jolie and The Weeknd were photographed leaving a Los Angeles restaurant, prompting relationship speculation. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 29 Sep. 2021 Such speculation, however, is not always reflective of the factors FIFA considers for its host cities and venues. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 This spring, the results of China’s once-a-decade census were delayed by weeks, sparking speculation that China’s population may have already begun to shrink. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Some eyewitnesses claimed to have seen a streak of light preceding the crash, prompting speculation about missiles or meteors. Taryn Simon, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2021 After romantic speculation surrounded the two at the beginning of this year, a source told PEOPLE the pair were not dating. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Such speculation can drive a diehard fan mad wondering what might have been. Rahat Huq, Chron, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of speculation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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17 Oct 2021

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“Speculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speculation. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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speculation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speculation

: ideas or guesses about something that is not known
: activity in which someone buys and sells things (such as stocks or pieces of property) in the hope of making a large profit but with the risk of a large loss

speculation

noun
spec·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌspe-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce speculation (audio) \

Kids Definition of speculation

2 : the taking of a big risk in business in hopes of making a big profit

speculation

noun
spec·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌspe-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce speculation (audio) \

Legal Definition of speculation

: an act or instance of speculating: as
a : assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gain
b : a transaction involving such speculation

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