What does speculation mean?

Definitions for speculationˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃən

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis(noun)

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  2. speculation, conjecture(noun)

    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, venture(noun)

    an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

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

  4. meditation, speculation(noun)

    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. speculation(Noun)

    The process of thinking or meditating on a subject

  2. speculation(Noun)

    A judgment or conclusion reached by speculating

  3. speculation(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculation(noun)

    the act of speculating

  2. Speculation(noun)

    examination by the eye; view

  3. Speculation(noun)

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

  4. Speculation(noun)

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

  5. Speculation(noun)

    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. Speculation(noun)

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

  7. Speculation(noun)

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

  8. Speculation(noun)

    power of sight

  9. Speculation(noun)

    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. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Altmaier:

    It is and remains speculation.

  2. Judge Susan Garsh:

    It is clearly in the realm of speculation.

  3. Kristin Carvell:

    We aren't commenting on additional speculation.

  4. Lu Xinhua:

    That is speculation without any basis. It is totally wrong.

  5. Benjamin Crump:

    The family won't address speculation from anonymous sources.

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