Definition of Speculation

1. Noun. A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence.




2. Noun. A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence). "He dismissed it as mere conjecture"
Exact synonyms: Conjecture
Generic synonyms: Hypothesis, Possibility, Theory
Derivative terms: Conjectural, Conjecture, Speculate

3. Noun. An investment that is very risky but could yield great profits. "He knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
Exact synonyms: Venture
Generic synonyms: Investment, Investment Funds
Specialized synonyms: Gamble, Smart Money, Pyramid
Derivative terms: Speculate, Venture, Venturous

4. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Meditation
Generic synonyms: Contemplation, Musing, Reflection, Reflexion, Rumination, Thoughtfulness
Derivative terms: Meditate, Meditate, Speculate

Definition of Speculation

1. n. The act of speculating.

Definition of Speculation

1. Noun. The process of thinking or meditating on a subject ¹

2. Noun. A judgment or conclusion reached by speculating ¹

3. Noun. (business finance) An investment involving higher than normal risk in order to obtain a higher than normal return ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Speculation

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Literary usage of Speculation

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1. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1915)
"CHAPTER 11 speculation § 1. The phenomena of speculation connect themselves ... The fundamental effect of speculation is to promote the establishment of the ..."

2. The North American Review by Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1891)
"speculation in breadstuffs and grains has been, and is, the subject of a great ... But if there were no speculation, the farmers could only sell their grain ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians, Stanley Mordaunt Leathes (1907)
"The rising scale of prices made speculation inevitable ; it was not ... Legislation, especially in the individual States, was aimed at curbing speculation, ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"The rising scale of prices made speculation inevitable ; it was not ... Legislation, especially in the individual States, was aimed at curbing speculation, ..."

5. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1906)
"speculation AND THE SURPLUS. The existence of the surplus must be ascribed to the many causes which produced the wild spirit of speculation which swept over ..."

6. A History of Modern Philosophy: A Sketch of the History of Philosophy from by Harald Høffding (1908)
"Then came thinkers who, while they had no intention of giving up speculation, could not recognise Hegel's system as final. The task they set themselves was ..."

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