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[spek-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/
pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning:
a speculative approach.
theoretical, rather than practical:
speculative conclusions.
given to speculation, as persons, the mind, etc.
of the nature of or involving commercial or financial speculation:
speculative ventures.
engaging in or given to such speculation.
Origin of speculative
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin speculātīvus. See speculate, -ive
Related forms
speculatively, adverb
speculativeness, noun
antispeculative, adjective
antispeculatively, adverb
antispeculativeness, noun
hyperspeculative, adjective
hyperspeculatively, adverb
hyperspeculativeness, noun
nonspeculative, adjective
nonspeculatively, adverb
nonspeculativeness, noun
overspeculative, adjective
overspeculatively, adverb
overspeculativeness, noun
semispeculative, adjective
semispeculatively, adverb
semispeculativeness, noun
unspeculative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for speculative
  • These more speculative ideas centered on the environmental conditions of life on an open savanna.
  • All told, it's still a rather speculative line of argument.
  • And some of its tropes of corporations taking over the world seem not-so-speculative.
  • In fact, those comments regarding aids were speculative in the early stages of data collections.
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  • How this influence actually works is speculative- no one can ever really know what other people do in their bedrooms or why.
  • That's speculative, of course, but there's some evidence to support it.
  • His speculative and practical sides were frequently confused.
British Dictionary definitions for speculative


relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
Derived Forms
speculatively, adverb
speculativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speculative

late 14c., from Old French speculatif or directly from Late Latin speculativus, from past participle stem of speculari (see speculation). Related: Speculatively.

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