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Definitions for speculative
ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪvspec·u·la·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad, risky, high-risk, speculativeadjective

    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, speculativeadjective

    not based on fact or investigation

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

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

    showing curiosity

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


  1. Speculativeadjective

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


  1. speculativeadjective

    Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Speculativeadjective

    Etymology: speculatif, Fr. from speculate.

    If all other uses were utterly taken away, yet the mind of man being by nature speculative and delighted with contemplation in itself, they were to be known even for meer knowledge sake. Richard Hooker.

    It encourages speculative persons who have no turn of mind to encrease their fortunes. Addison.

    Some take it for a speculative platform, that reason and nature would that the best should govern, but no wise to create a right. Francis Bacon, holy War.


  1. speculative

    Speculative refers to ideas, theories, or actions that are based on conjecture, hypothesizing, or abstract reasoning rather than concrete facts or evidence. It often involves a significant degree of risk or uncertainty. This term is commonly used in fields such as finance, philosophy, and science.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculativeadjective

    given to speculation; contemplative

  2. Speculativeadjective

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

  3. Speculativeadjective

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

  4. Speculativeadjective

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

  5. Etymology: [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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  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

Examples of speculative in a Sentence

  1. Søren Kierkegaard, Asluttende uvidenskabeligt Efterskrift:

    Alas! While the speculative honourable professor explains the entire existence has he in distraction forgotten his own name, that he is a man, purely and simply a man, not a fantastic 38 of a paragraph.

  2. Med Jones:

    Gold belongs with a class of speculative investments and should be kept to a minimum in long-term investment portfolios. This statement is valid until the world adopts gold as the main component of a new international currency.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion.

  4. Ian Bezek:

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

  5. Med Jones:

    Unlike many in the investment community, I classify gold and other high volatility assets as speculative investments, so although I would invest in gold, I would keep its share of the portfolio to minimum and would monitor them closely.

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