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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 ?
At length, after five years, when Mrs Nickleby had presented her husband with a couple of sons, and that embarassed gentleman, impressed with the necessity of making some provision for his family, was seriously revolving in his mind a little commercial speculation of insuring his life next quarter-day, and then falling from the top of the Monument by accident, there came, one morning, by the general post, a black-bordered letter to inform him how his uncle, Mr Ralph Nickleby, was dead, and had left him the bulk of his little property, amounting in all to five thousand pounds sterling.
She lay in bed awake, with bright eyes full of speculation.
Tis a speculation," said the old gentleman, shaking his head, but at the same time slowly drawing out his purse, "quite a speculation
Grant and her sister, that after making up the whist-table there would remain sufficient for a round game, and everybody being as perfectly complying and without a choice as on such occasions they always are, speculation was decided on almost as soon as whist; and Lady Bertram soon found herself in the critical situation of being applied to for her own choice between the games, and being required either to draw a card for whist or not.
I have not now leisure to enter upon so large a field of speculation, as here seems opening upon me; my design was to wipe off a doctrine that lay in my way; since, while Mr Jones was acting the most virtuous part imaginable in labouring to preserve his fellow-creatures from destruction, the devil, or some other evil spirit, one perhaps cloathed in human flesh, was hard at work to make him completely miserable in the ruin of his Sophia.
A long time dead" was his epitome of that phase of speculation.
Cocky himself was the first to discover that the door was ajar, and was looking at it with speculation (if by "speculation" may be described the mental processes of a bird, in some mysterious way absorbing into its consciousness a fresh impression of its environment and preparing to act, or not act, according to which way the fresh impression modifies its conduct).
But if the word "missing" brings all hope to an end and settles the loss of the underwriters, the word "overdue" confirms the fears already born in many homes ashore, and opens the door of speculation in the market of risks.
Finding, from the report of the men who had followed the gig, that he had distanced all pursuit, and having therefore no direct clew to his whereabout, they had been obliged to hunt after him in various directions, on pure speculation.
Hem, of Leipsic; not by way of explanation, unless the reader may choose to take it so, but because of its intrinsic interest as a singular speculation.
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.
Joe offered no answer, poor fellow, but stood feeling his whisker and looking dejectedly at me, as if he thought it really might have been a better speculation.