Definition of Speculative

1. Adjective. Not financially safe or secure. "Speculative business enterprises"

Exact synonyms: Bad, High-risk, Risky
Similar to: Unsound
Derivative terms: Risk, Riskiness, Speculate, Speculativeness

2. Adjective. Not based on fact or investigation. "Speculative knowledge"
Exact synonyms: Notional
Similar to: Theoretic, Theoretical
Derivative terms: Speculate, Speculate, Speculativeness

3. Adjective. Showing curiosity. "Raised a speculative eyebrow"
Exact synonyms: Inquisitive, Questioning, Wondering
Similar to: Curious
Derivative terms: Inquire, Inquisitiveness, Speculate

Definition of Speculative

1. a. Given to speculation; contemplative.

Definition of Speculative

1. Adjective. Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions. ¹

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Definition of Speculative

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Medical Definition of Speculative

1. 1. Given to speculation; contemplative. "The mind of man being by nature speculative." (Hooker) 2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration. 3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious. 4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise. "The speculative merchant exercises no one regular, established, or well-known branch of business." (A. Smith) Spec"ulatively, Spec"ulativeness. Origin: Cf. F. Speculatif, L. Speculativus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Speculative Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Speculative

specular glare
specular image
speculative (current term)
speculative damages
speculative fiction
speculative fictions
speculative philosophies
speculative philosophy

Literary usage of Speculative

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1. A History of Modern Philosophy: A Sketch of the History of Philosophy from by Harald Høffding (1908)
"And yet this determination is attempted by all religions and :,all speculative systems. Kant has here the great merit of having defined the philosophical ..."

2. Corporation Finance: An Exposition of the Principles and Methods Governing by William Henry Lough (1909)
"In the same way high-grade preferred stocks of successful railroads and industrial companies would be called either semi-investment or semi-speculative ..."

3. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste Comte, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"It was more on account of their speculative character; and the continued ... When the speculative class shall have overcome its dispersive tendencies, ..."

4. An Introduction to the History of the Science of Politics by Frederick Pollock (1908)
"HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE OF POLITICS divisions of natural science do not now concern us.1 The moral sciences may be divided into speculative and practical ..."

5. Tennyson, His Art and Relation to Modern Life by Stopford Augustus Brooke (1894)
"CHAPTER XIV speculative THEOLOGY THE later poems of Tennyson are full of speculative theology, and of an interesting kind; that kind which not only reveals ..."

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