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Definitions of speculative

  1. Speculativeness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Speculatively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Pertaining to, or given to, contemplation, reflection, or theorizing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Given to speculation or theory: ideal: pertaining to speculation in business, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Given to speculation; theoretical; ideal; addicted, or pertaining, to speculation in business; venturesome. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Pertaining to or involving speculation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Given to speculation; contemplative; formed by speculation; theoretical; not verified by fact, experiment or practice; adventurous in business. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Given to speculation; ideal; theoretical. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for speculative

  1. But this is only a speculative hypothesis, foreign to psychology proper. – Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th. Ribot
  2. The speculative neutral had a shock and a disappointment. – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
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