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Definitions of speculation

  1. 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"
  2. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  3. 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"
  4. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; " he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
  5. The act of speculating.
  6. Examination by the eye; view.
  7. Mental view of anything in its various aspects and relations; contemplation; intellectual examination.
  8. The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.
  9. The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.
  10. Any business venture in involving unusual risks, with a chance for large profits.
  11. A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; view; notion; conjecture.
  12. Power of sight.
  13. A game at cards in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.
  14. Reflective, inquiring consideration; act of gambling in stock, etc.; a risky business venture.
  15. Act of speculating: mental view: contemplation: theory: the buying goods, etc., to sell them at an advance.
  16. The act of theorizing; a theory.
  17. A more or less risky investment.
  18. The act of speculating; consideration of anything in its various aspects and relations; train of thoughts formed in this way; mere thinking; purchasing articles of commerce in expectation of gain from a rise in the price; a venture of this kind.
  19. A train of thoughts arising in the mind from viewing a thing in various aspects and relations; a theory; the act or practice of purchasing goods, & c., out of the regular order of trade, in expectation of being able to sell them at a large advance in price.
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Quotes of speculation

  1. Though my books are written from a historical perspective, I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around. – Jean M. Auel
  2. For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation – Charles Baudelaire
  3. What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth. – Samuel Butler
  4. Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you've only founded a superstition. If you test it, you've started a science. – Hal Clement
  5. Christianity is not a theory or speculation but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  6. Life must be something more than dilettante speculation – Anna Julia Cooper
  7. I know there's a great deal of speculation and while I appreciate the interest, kind of, my contract ends in May and I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do. I'm fortunate to have a couple of opportunities to think long and hard about. – Katie Couric
  8. Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation – Paul Getty
  9. They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt. – Denis Kearney
  10. The one thing that's absolutely clear is that Karl was not the source for the leak and there's no basis for any additional speculation – Robert Luskin
  11. You're trying too hard to find a correlation here. You don't know these people, you don't know what they intended. You try to compile statistics and correlate them to a result that amounts to nothing more than speculation – Marc Racicot
  12. The first and most important reason for its elimination is the unquestioned fact that evolution is not a science; it is a hypothesis only, a speculation – William B. Riley

Usage examples for speculation

  1. His eyes, clear, small, and blue- grey, have little speculation – The Fugitive (Third Series Plays) by John Galsworthy
  2. I do not like to answer, as our author so readily does, for the event of any speculation – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  3. How Arline had come to mail it to her was a matter for speculation – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  4. " You don't even know," she asked, " whether the speculation is successful or not?" – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  5. It is no longer a speculation – Martin Hewitt, Investigator by Arthur Morrison
  6. You talk as if it was a speculation of the mind rather than a fact of the heart. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  7. He saw at once what she would perceive in it, and turned impatiently from speculation as to what Mr. Boyce might actually have meant, to the infinitely more important matter, how she would take her father's act. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. All the accusations that have been brought against Robert Morris before and since his death, charging him with peculation or speculation in government funds or of any improper conduct towards his country as a public agent are without foundation in fact and out of the record. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  9. It was at all events a matter of curious speculation to the world at large, and was a point well worthy of further investigation. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  10. The Duchess meant to have the full benefit of her headache, and her speculation was fully successful. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  11. Indeed it would be a more profitable speculation to steal a beggar's rags than to rob you! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. A large proportion of newspaper- writing is occupied with speculation on what is likely to happen in the course of a few months; therefore, by waiting until the time is past, we know the event without having wasted time in speculations which could not effect it. – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  13. From this speculation the sweet voice aroused him. – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  14. He concluded some other poor creature had discovered the same shelter; or, if they had got into a church- vault, it might be some wandering ghost; he was too weary for further speculation or any uneasiness. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  15. " I am very grieved to hear it," she replied, mechanically, at once absorbed in speculation as to whether this would make any change that concerned her. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  16. He fell into amused speculation – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. It was hardly a question, rather a speculation unconsciously put into words. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  18. My principal is buying it on a speculation – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  19. But the speculation was not an immediate success. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  20. Jerry added her speculation to Ronny's. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester

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