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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
spekulativní

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 ?
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.
At last, to complete a series of minor indiscretions, at a meeting of our Local Speculative Society held at the palace of the Prefect himself, -- some extremely silly person having read an elaborate paper exhibiting the precise reasons why Providence has limited the number of Dimensions to Two, and why the attribute of omnividence is assigned to the Supreme alone -- I so far forgot myself as to give an exact account of the whole of my voyage with the Sphere into Space, and to the Assembly Hall in our Metropolis, and then to Space again, and of my return home, and of everything that I had seen and heard in fact or vision.
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.
I found some of it hard to endure, though I am a mild-tempered man; but, certainly, when I told the captain to "shut up" I had forgotten that I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources and with my fare unpaid; a mere casual dependant on the bounty, or speculative enterprise, of the ship.
When I had fully satisfied him on this head, he sighed deeply, as if relieved of some intolerable burden, and went on to talk, with what I thought a cruel calmness, of various points of speculative philosophy, which had heretofore formed subject of discussion between us.
And on the other side, counsellors should not be too speculative into their sovereign's person.
But to speak truth, this question is of no great consequence, nor is it the province of the judges to decide between those who dispute about words; it may indeed be an object of speculative inquiry; but to inquire what officers are necessary in a state, and how many, and what, though not most necessary, may yet be advantageous in a well-established government, is a much more useful employment, and this with respect to all states in general, as well as to small cities.
When a purely speculative discovery is announced to the public, it cannot be done with too much prudence.
If it is strange for me to look back from a distance both in time and space on these bygone adventures of our youth, it must be stranger for you who tread the same streets--who may to-morrow open the door of the old Speculative, where we begin to rank with Scott and Robert Emmet and the beloved and inglorious Macbean--or may pass the corner of the close where that great society, the L.
There are yet, even at this day, many speculative objections to this theory.
When the mind has once accustomed itself to a proper arrangement of the Procession of Life, or a true classification of society, even though merely speculative, there is thenceforth a satisfaction which pretty well suffices for itself without the aid of any actual reformation in the order of march.