Definitions for speculativeˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv

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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.

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