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[spek-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tər/
a person who is engaged in commercial or financial speculation.
a person who makes advance purchases of tickets, as to games or theatrical performances, that are likely to be in demand, for resale later at a higher price.
a person who is devoted to mental speculation.
Origin of speculator
1545-55; < Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā() to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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Examples from the web for speculator
  • But someone needs to take the other side of the bargain, and that usually requires a speculator.
  • The word speculator has a negative connotation in many peoples minds.
  • From a speculator's point of view, this was a lively market.
  • The lesson for a housing speculator is to buy in a country with a growing workforce.
  • But in addition to the reserves, no speculator takes positions in the market without hedging, in case they're wrong.
  • In addition he traded as a speculator in futures of other commodities.
British Dictionary definitions for speculator


a person who speculates
(NZ, rugby) an undirected kick of the ball
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Word Origin and History for speculator

1550s, from Latin speculator, agent noun from speculari (see speculation). The financial sense is from 1778.

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