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speculative

[spek-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning:
a speculative approach.
2.
theoretical, rather than practical:
speculative conclusions.
3.
given to speculation, as persons, the mind, etc.
4.
of the nature of or involving commercial or financial speculation:
speculative ventures.
5.
engaging in or given to such speculation.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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Word Origin and History for speculatively

speculative

adj.

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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