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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.
1545-55; < Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā() to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • But when it comes to commodities, pundits claim that speculators cause the price of the underlying commodity to increase.
  • There is nothing wrong with speculation, but its social value is not as great as the profits of successful speculators.
  • But mostly speculators, amateur and otherwise, were getting on for the ride.
  • Populists sought to ensure that this land went to small farmers rather than large landowners or speculators.
  • speculators quickly root out opportunities, and prices converge.
  • No doubt it would be more interesting to listen to the thoughts of the worlds major speculators.
  • The latter of which can be manipulated by speculators.
  • The authorities seem to be in no hurry to move again, leaving speculators little imminent prospect of making money.
  • Finally, the market may attract speculators betting that other speculators will continue to drive up prices.
  • Top of the list are the speculators profiting from other people's hardship.
British Dictionary definitions for speculators


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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