speculative

  • 1 speculative — spec·u·la·tive / spe kyə lə tiv, ˌlā / adj 1: involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also: theoretical rather than demonstrable speculative medical testimony concerning the cause of death 2: of, relating to, or being a… …

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  • 2 Speculative — Spec u*la*tive (sp[e^]k [ u]*l[.a]*t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. sp[ e]culatif, L. speculativus.] 1. Given to speculation; contemplative. [1913 Webster] The mind of man being by nature speculative. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Involving, or formed by,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Speculative — may refer to: *For economics usage, see Speculation *For usage in literature, see Speculative fiction *For philosophical usage, see Speculative philosophy and Speculative reason …

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  • 4 speculative — Speculative. s. f. Theorie. Speculation. Cela est bon dans la speculative, & non pas dans la pratique …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 5 speculative — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. speculatif or directly from L.L. speculativus, from pp. stem of speculari (see SPECULATION (Cf. speculation)). Related: Speculatively …

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  • 6 speculative — 1 contemplative, meditative, *thoughtful, reflective, pensive Analogous words: conjecturing or conjectural, surmising, guessing (see corresponding verbs at CONJECTURE): pondering, musing, ruminating (see PONDER) 2 *theoretical, academic …

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  • 7 speculative — [adj] theoretical abstract, analytical, assumed, conceptive, dangerous, dicey, experimental, formularized, hairy, hazardous, hypothetical, ideal, idealized, ideological, iffy, intellectual, in theory, logical, notional, philosophical, presumed,… …

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  • 8 speculative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) engaged in or based on conjecture rather than knowledge. 2) (of an investment) involving a high risk of loss. DERIVATIVES speculatively adverb speculativeness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 speculative — [spek′yə lāt΄iv, spek′yələ tiv] adj. [ME speculatif < MFr < LL speculativus] 1. of, characterized by, or having the nature of, speculation or meditation, conjecture, etc. 2. theoretical, not practical 3. of or characterized by financial… …

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  • 10 speculative — securities that involve a high level of risk. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * speculative spec‧u‧la‧tive [ˈspekjlətɪv ǁ leɪ ] adjective 1. FINANCE bought or done in the hope of making a profit: • Their £461 million bid for the electronics… …

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  • 11 speculative — [[t]spe̱kjʊlətɪv, AM leɪt [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A piece of information that is speculative is based on guesses rather than knowledge. The papers ran speculative stories about the mysterious disappearance of Eddie Donagan... He has written a… …

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  • 12 speculative — adjective Date: 14th century 1. involving, based on, or constituting intellectual speculation; also theoretical rather than demonstrable < speculative knowledge > 2. marked by questioning curiosity < gave him a speculative glance > 3. of,… …

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  • 13 Spéculative — Spéculation La spéculation est une activité humaine consistant à imaginer, à anticiper les réactions et activités d autrui, comme si nous étions à sa place, et à porter un regard sur notre propre activité, comme si nous étions un autre. C est… …

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  • 14 speculative — spec|u|la|tive [ˈspekjulətıv US leı ] adj 1.) based on guessing, not on information or facts highly/purely/largely speculative ▪ a purely speculative theory about life on other planets 2.) bought or done in the hope of making a profit later ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 speculative — speculatively, adv. speculativeness, n. /spek yeuh lay tiv, leuh tiv/, adj. 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning: a speculative approach. 2. theoretical, rather than …

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  • 16 speculative — spec|u|la|tive [ spekjə,leıtıv, spekjələtıv ] adjective 1. ) based on guesses or on a little information, not on facts: highly speculative: Scientists dismiss suggestions that the substance is toxic as highly speculative. 2. ) done in order to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 speculative — UK [ˈspekjʊlətɪv] / US [ˈspekjəˌleɪtɪv] / US [ˈspekjələtɪv] adjective 1) based on guesses or on a little information, not on facts highly speculative: Scientists dismiss suggestions that the substance is toxic as highly speculative. 2) business… …

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  • 18 spéculative — ● spéculatif, spéculative adjectif (latin speculativus) Se dit des opérations intellectuelles qui ont pour objet la connaissance pure : S adonner à des recherches spéculatives. Se dit d opérations financières qui ont le caractère de spéculations …

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  • 19 spéculative — (spé ku la ti v ) s. f. Partie théorique, dans chaque science. •   Ce qui est permis dans la spéculative, l est aussi dans la pratique, PASC. Prov. XIII. HISTORIQUE    XIVe s. •   En speculative comme en pratique, ORESME Thèse de MEUNIER..… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 20 speculative — adjective 1 based on guessing, not on information or facts: These figures are, at best, speculative. 2 bought or done in the hope of making a profit later: speculative investments speculatively adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English