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spec·u·la·tive  (spky-l-tv, -l-)
1. Of, characterized by, or based upon contemplative speculation. See Synonyms at theoretical.
a. Given to conjecture or speculation.
b. Marked by inquisitive interest: raised a speculative eyebrow.
a. Engaging in, given to, or involving financial speculation: speculative brokers; speculative stocks.
b. Spent in speculation: speculative funds.
c. Involving chance; risky: speculative business enterprises.

specu·la·tive·ly adv.
specu·la·tive·ness n.

spec•u•la•tive (ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv)

1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning.
2. theoretical, rather than practical.
3. given to speculation, as a person or the mind.
4. of or involving financial speculation.
spec′u•la`tive•ly, adv.
spec′u•la`tive•ness, n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.speculative - not financially safe or securespeculative - not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"
unsound - not sound financially; "unsound banking practices"
2.speculative - not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"
3.speculative - showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"

1. hypothetical, academic, theoretical, abstract, tentative, notional, conjectural, suppositional He has written a speculative biography of Christopher Marlowe.
2. risky, uncertain, hazardous, unpredictable, dicey (informal, chiefly Brit.), chancy (informal) a speculative venture
speculative [ˈspekjʊlətɪv] ADJespeculativo
speculative [ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv] adj
(= based on guesswork) → spéculatif/ive
(= questioning) [eye, look] → interrogateur/trice
(FINANCE) [bonds, venture, investment] → spéculatif/ive
spekulativ (esp Philos); approach, suggestions, ideasrein theoretisch; expression, lookgrüblerisch
(Fin) → Spekulations-; speculative gainSpekulationsgewinn m; speculative builderBauspekulant(in) m(f); speculative buildingBauspekulation f; speculative investorInvestitionsspekulant(in) m(f); a speculative ventureein Spekulationsvorhaben nt
speculative [ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv] adj (Philosophy, Fin) → speculativo/a; (expression) → indagatore/trice

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I had hitherto seen only one side of the academy, the other being appropriated to the advancers of speculative learning, of whom I shall say something, when I have mentioned one illustrious person more, who is called among them "the universal artist.
I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
When a purely speculative discovery is announced to the public, it cannot be done with too much prudence.
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