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spec·u·la·tive

 (spĕk′yə-lə-tĭv, -lā′-)
adj.
1.
a. Given to, characterized by, or based upon speculation or conjecture: speculative articles about the origin of language.
b. Expressing inquisitive interest: raised a speculative eyebrow.
2.
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.

spec′u·la·tive·ly adv.

speculative

(ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv)
adj
(Banking & Finance) relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
ˈspeculatively adv
ˈspeculativeness n

spec•u•la•tive

(ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv)

adj.
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.
[1350–1400]
spec′u•la`tive•ly, adv.
spec′u•la`tive•ness, n.
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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"

speculative

adjective
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

adjective
1. Of, characterized by, or disposed to thought:
Idiom: in a brown study.
2. Concerned primarily with theories rather than practical matters:
Translations

speculative

[ˈspekjʊlətɪv] ADJespeculativo

speculative

[ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv] adj
(= based on guesswork) → spéculatif/ive
(= questioning) [eye, look] → interrogateur/trice
(FINANCE) [bonds, venture, investment] → spéculatif/ive

speculative

adj
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
References in classic literature ?
He shook his head and beckoned her to come away, but she was fascinated just then by the freedom of Speculative Philosophy, and kept her seat, trying to find out what the wise gentlemen intended to rely upon after they had annihilated all the old beliefs.
Dispositions more boldly speculative may derive a stern enjoyment from the discovery, since there must be evil in the world, that a high man is as likely to grasp his share of it as a low one.
I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
Consider the wastes incidental to the blind and haphazard production of commodities--the factories closed, the workers idle, the goods spoiling in storage; consider the activities of the stock manipulator, the paralyzing of whole industries, the overstimulation of others, for speculative purposes; the assignments and bank failures, the crises and panics, the deserted towns and the starving populations
Percy Driscoll had worn himself out in trying to save his great speculative landed estate, and had died without succeeding.
Her mother too, in whose mind not one speculative thought of their marriage had been raised, by his prospect of riches, was led before the end of a week to hope and expect it; and secretly to congratulate herself on having gained two such sons-in-law as Edward and Willoughby.
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.
As Vail built up the young telephone business, they held it from being torn to shreds in an orgy of speculative competition.
There are yet, even at this day, many speculative objections to this theory.
For it occurred to me that I should find much more truth in the reasonings of each individual with reference to the affairs in which he is personally interested, and the issue of which must presently punish him if he has judged amiss, than in those conducted by a man of letters in his study, regarding speculative matters that are of no practical moment, and followed by no consequences to himself, farther, perhaps, than that they foster his vanity the better the more remote they are from common sense; requiring, as they must in this case, the exercise of greater ingenuity and art to render them probable.
These are not vague inferences drawn from supposed or speculative defects in a Constitution, the whole power of which is lodged in the hands of a people, or their representatives and delegates, but they are solid conclusions, drawn from the natural and necessary progress of human affairs.
The robe of speculative cobwebs, embroidered with flowers of rhetoric, steeped in the dew of sickly sentiment, this transcendental robe in which the German Socialists wrapped their sorry "eternal truths," all skin and bone, served to wonderfully increase the sale of their goods amongst such a public.