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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 ?
Not confining himself to theory, or permitting his faculties to rust, even at that early age, in mere abstract speculations, this promising lad commenced usurer on a limited scale at school; putting out at good interest a small capital of slate-pencil and marbles, and gradually extending his operations until they aspired to the copper coinage of this realm, in which he speculated to considerable advantage.
A letter also came from her husband, saying he hoped to be back early in March, and then they would get ready for that journey abroad which he had promised her so long, which he felt now fully able to afford; he felt able to travel as people should, without any thought of small economies--thanks to his recent speculations in Wall Street.
He was a prosperous man, with a good head for speculations, and his fortune was growing.
We are wandering, however, into excursive speculations, when our intention was merely to give an idea of the nature of the wilderness which Mr.
Daylight still engaged in daring speculations, as, for instance, at the impending outbreak of the Japanese-Russian War, when, in the face of the experience and power of the shipping gamblers, he reached out and clutched practically a monopoly of available steamer-charters.
in Hornsey, Highgate, Brixton, and Camberwell--they cannot but entertain a lively sense of the inestimable benefits which must inevitably result from carrying the speculations of that learned man into a wider field, from extending his travels, and, consequently, enlarging his sphere of observation, to the advancement of knowledge, and the diffusion of learning.
The cardinals of Rome, which are theologues, and friars, and Schoolmen, have a phrase of notable contempt and scorn towards civil business: for they call all temporal business of wars, embassages, judicature, and other employments, sbirrerie, which is under-sheriffries; as if they were but matters, for under-sheriffs and catchpoles: though many times those under-sheriffries do more good, than their high speculations.
While these speculations were in progress, my behavior in my wife's service was so exemplary, and she gave me so excellent a character when the usual official inquiries were instituted, that I soon got the next privilege accorded to persons in my situation--a ticket-of-leave.
Then, he and my sister would pair off in such nonsensical speculations about Miss Havisham, and about what she would do with me and for me, that I used to want - quite painfully - to burst into spiteful tears, fly at Pumblechook, and pummel him all over.
It seems the minds of these people are so taken up with intense speculations, that they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction upon the organs of speech and hearing; for which reason, those persons who are able to afford it always keep a flapper
While I groped among vague speculations the Story Girl gave a queer, choked little cry.
For a few moments Mr Pickering was able to occupy himself pleasantly with speculations as to its make; and then he became aware that something was walking down the back of his neck just beyond the point where his fingers could reach it.