What does speculative mean?

Definitions for speculativeˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word speculative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad, risky, high-risk, speculative(adj)

    not financially safe or secure

    "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"

  2. notional, speculative(adj)

    not based on fact or investigation

    "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge"

  3. inquisitive, speculative, questioning, wondering(a)(adj)

    showing curiosity

    "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"


  1. Speculative(a.)

    (Finance) More risky than typical investments; not investment grade.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. spculatif, L. speculativus.]


  1. speculative(Adjective)

    Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculative(adj)

    given to speculation; contemplative

  2. Speculative(adj)

    involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration

  3. Speculative(adj)

    of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious

  4. Speculative(adj)

    of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. spculatif, L. speculativus.]


  1. Speculative

    A cause of death may be labelled speculative, when circumstances are mysterious or unexplained, or when evidence from autopsy conflicts with other reports or rumours.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Carsten Fritsch:

    Brent could see further declines now, given the large overhang of speculative long positions.

  2. Mark Norell:

    I consider that stuff to be really speculative and out there, i mean, there's really no way to tell.

  3. Ian Bezek:

    The action in the underlying stock has been highly speculative and now it's moved to the options market.

  4. Ian Bezek:

    The action in the underlying stock has been highly speculative and now it’s moved to the options market.

  5. Karl R. Popper:

    The history of science is everywhere speculative. It is a marvelous hiatory. It makes you proud to be a human being.

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