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spec·u·la·tion

 (spĕk′yə-lā′shən)
n.
1.
a. Reasoning based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or supposition.
b. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
c. Archaic Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
2.
a. Engagement in risky business transactions on the chance of quick or considerable profit.
b. A commercial or financial transaction involving speculation.

speculation

(ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of speculating
2. a supposition, theory, or opinion arrived at through speculating
3. (Stock Exchange) investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high profits

spec•u•la•tion

(ˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the contemplation or consideration of some subject.
2. a single instance or process of consideration.
3. a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation.
4. conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise.
5. engagement in commercial transactions that involve risk with the hope of profiting as a result of market fluctuations.
[1325–75]

speculation

1. the contemplation or consideration of some subject.
2. an instance of such activity.
3. a conclusion or opinion reached by such activity.
4. a conjecture or surmise; a guess. — speculator, n. — speculative, adj.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speculation - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidencespeculation - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
opinion, view - a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
divination - successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
2.speculation - a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence); "speculations about the outcome of the election"; "he dismissed it as mere conjecture"
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
3.speculation - an investment that is very risky but could yield great profitsspeculation - an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
investment funds, investment - money that is invested with an expectation of profit
gamble - money that is risked for possible monetary gain
smart money - money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information)
pyramid - (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases
4.speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse naturespeculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
musing, reflection, rumination, thoughtfulness, contemplation, reflexion - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

speculation

noun
1. theory, opinion, hypothesis, conjecture, guess, consideration, deliberation, contemplation, surmise, guesswork, supposition I had published my speculations about the future of the universe.
2. gamble, risk, gambling, hazard speculation on the Stock Exchange

speculation

noun
2. A judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing:
3. Abstract reasoning:
4. A venture depending on chance:
Translations
تَخْمينتَكَهُّن
dohaddohadování
gætspekulation
ágiskun
dohadovanie
tahmintahminde bulunma

speculation

[ˌspekjʊˈleɪʃən] N
1. (= conjecture) → especulación f
it is pure speculationes pura especulación
it is the subject of much speculationse está especulando mucho sobre el tema, es un tema sobre el que se está especulando mucho
2. (Fin) → especulación f
to buy sth as a speculationcomprar algo con fines especulativas
it's a good speculationvale como especulación

speculation

[ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃən] n
(financial)spéculation f
(= conjecture) → spéculations fpl
speculation about sth → spéculations sur qch

speculation

n (all senses) → Spekulation f (→ on über +acc); (= guesswork also)Vermutung f; it is the subject of much speculationdarüber sind viele Spekulationen or Vermutungen angestellt worden; it’s pure speculationdas ist reine Vermutung

speculation

[ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃn] n (guessing) → congetture fpl (Fin) → speculazione f

speculate

(ˈspekjuleit) verb
to make guesses. He's only speculating – he doesn't know; There's no point in speculating about what's going to happen.
ˌspecuˈlation noun
1. a guess. Your speculations were all quite close to the truth.
2. the act of speculating. There was great speculation as to what was happening.
References in classic literature ?
Granted; as many as you like," he returned, glancing down into her eyes that were full of thoughtfulness and some speculation.
She remembered her mother--a pallid creature, who had slowly faded out of one of her father's vague speculations in a vaguer speculation of her own, beyond his ken--whose place she had promised to take at her father's side.
She assumed a freedom of speculation, then common enough on the other side of the Atlantic, but which our forefathers, had they known it, would have held to be a deadlier crime than that stigmatised by the scarlet letter.
The mysterious event caused much speculation at the church on the following Sunday.
She had looked at me in sweet speculation and then had accused me to my face of having "cried.
Tis a speculation," said the old gentleman, shaking his head, but at the same time slowly drawing out his purse, "quite a speculation
He was carried over the difficult places in spite of himself; and he went plunging away in mad career--a very Mazeppa-ride upon the wild horse Speculation.
No sound and legitimate business can be established on a basis of speculation.
Now in an evil hour, hoping to win a marriage portion for his child, this simple old man had entrusted his small savings to a sharper to be ventured in a glittering speculation.
No-sirree-BOB, they ain't no trouble 'bout THAT speculation, you bet you.
They were spinsters; but Aurelia, the youngest, had made what she called a romantic marriage and what her sisters termed a mighty poor speculation.
Weston naming one family of cousins who must be included, and another of very old acquaintance who could not be left out, it became a certainty that the five couple would be at least ten, and a very interesting speculation in what possible manner they could be disposed of.