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Definitions for speculation
ˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃənspec·u·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesisnoun

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  2. speculation, conjecturenoun

    a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

    "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"

  3. speculation, venturenoun

    an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

    "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"

  4. meditation, speculationnoun

    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

    "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"


  1. speculationnoun

    The process of thinking or meditating on a subject

  2. speculationnoun

    A judgment or conclusion reached by speculating

  3. speculationnoun

    An investment involving higher than normal risk in order to obtain a higher than normal return

  4. Etymology: From speculation (French: spéculation), from speculationem, from speculatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Speculationnoun

    Etymology: speculation, Fr. from speculate.

    They who have, as who have not, whom their great stars
    Throne and set high? servants
    Which are to France the spies and speculations,
    Intelligent of our state. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    In all these things being fully persuaded, that what they did, it was obedience to the will of God, and that all men should do the like; there remained after speculation, practice whereunto the whole world might be framed. Richard Hooker.

    Thenceforth to speculations high or deep,
    I turn’d my thoughts; and with capacious mind
    Consider’d all things visible. John Milton.

    News-writers afford matter of speculation. Addison.

    From him Socrates derived the principles of morality, and most part of his natural speculations. William Temple.

    This terrestrial globe, which before was only round in speculation, has since been surrounded by the fortune and boldness of many navigators. William Temple.

    Thy bones are marrowless; thy blood is cold;
    Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
    Thou star’st with. William Shakespeare.


  1. speculation

    Speculation is the process of making decisions or forming opinions based on incomplete information, conjecture, or the potential for future events. This often involves high levels of risk and uncertainty. It can refer to financial transactions, such as buying stocks or commodities with the hope of profit as prices fluctuate, or to assumptions made in various fields like science, history, or philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculationnoun

    the act of speculating

  2. Speculationnoun

    examination by the eye; view

  3. Speculationnoun

    mental view of anything in its various aspects and relations; contemplation; intellectual examination

  4. Speculationnoun

    the act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed

  5. Speculationnoun

    the act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets

  6. Speculationnoun

    any business venture in involving unusual risks, with a chance for large profits

  7. Speculationnoun

    a conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; view; notion; conjecture

  8. Speculationnoun

    power of sight

  9. Speculationnoun

    a game at cards in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes

  10. Etymology: [L. speculatio a spying out, observation: cf. F. spculation.]


  1. Speculation

    Speculation is the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short or medium term fluctuations in the market value of a tradable good such as a financial instrument, rather than attempting to profit from the underlying financial attributes embodied in the instrument such as capital gains, interest, or dividends. Many speculators pay little attention to the fundamental value of a security and instead focus purely on price movements. Speculation can in principle involve any tradable good or financial instrument. Speculators are particularly common in the markets for stocks, bonds, commodity futures, currencies, fine art, collectibles, real estate, and derivatives. Speculators play one of four primary roles in financial markets, along with hedgers who engage in transactions to offset some other pre-existing risk, arbitrageurs who seek to profit from situations where fungible instruments trade at different prices in different market segments, and investors who seek profit through long-term ownership of an instrument's underlying attributes. The role of speculators is to absorb excess risk that other participants do not want, and to provide liquidity in the marketplace by buying or selling when no participants from the other categories are available. Successful speculation entails collecting an adequate level of monetary compensation in return for providing immediate liquidity and assuming additional risk so that, over time, the inevitable losses are offset by larger profits.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speculation' in Nouns Frequency: #1946

Anagrams for speculation »

  1. peculations

  2. placentious

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of speculation in a Sentence

  1. Shanann Watts:

    One time, someone left two Happy Meals for the girls on the porch. Some were compelled to make contact with Chris Watts. It was incredibly disturbing. And there has been so much speculation in the YouTube community. They even call it ‘ Watts Island, ’ where they have these ongoing speculations about the case and dissect every portion of it. I felt very sad when Shanann’s dad had to fly all the way to Colorado just to tell people to stop harassing Chris Watts after having gone through so much. There was just a lot of negative energy.

  2. Andrew Nurnberg:

    There will inevitably be speculation regarding Harper Lee as she has lived a very private life, she was genuinely surprised at the discovery of the manuscript but delighted by the suggestion to publish what she considers to be the 'parent' to 'Mockingbird.' I met with her last autumn and again over two days in January; she was in great spirits and increasingly excited at the prospect of this novel finally seeing the light of day.

  3. Hassan Rouhani:

    Our economy will not prosper as long as it is monopolized (by the government). The economy must be rid of monopoly and see competition, it must be freed of insider speculation, be transparent, all people must be aware of the statistics. If we can bring transparency to our economy, we can fight corruption.

  4. Michael Catalano:

    I ca n’t say that Richard Simmons feels better as a result of the podcast … I think you’ve really created more worry and speculation.

  5. Steven Bertolino:

    Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian Laundrie is. They are concerned about Brian Laundrie and hope The FBI can locate Brian Laundrie, the speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian Laundrie in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian Laundrie had already been missing for several days is just wrong.

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    an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    A fancy
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    C tranquillity
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