Usage examples for speculative

  1. But this is only a speculative hypothesis, foreign to psychology proper. – Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th. Ribot
  2. The speculative neutral had a shock and a disappointment. – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  3. This is very much more apparent when we consider the values that arise in the great speculative markets, say in the wheat pit, or the stock exchange. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  4. The truth of the matter is that the conditions of life being what they are, and the consequences of conduct being also what they are, speculative theories of life cannot, in the nature of the case, affect life beyond a certain point; that is, if life is to continue. – A Grammar of Freethought by Chapman Cohen
  5. This statue served to concentrate the various speculative objects which had been hovering before Hawthorne's imagination during the past winter, and when he reached Florence six weeks later, the chief details of the plot were already developed in his mind. – The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns
  6. It is vain, however, to disguise the fact from ourselves that a speculative inflation of our currency without a corresponding inflation in other countries whose manufactures come into competition with our own must ever produce disastrous results to our domestic manufactures. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. It must be clearly recognized that, so far as the nervous system is concerned, the scheme is highly speculative. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  8. Joe Lanier was what is called " a speculative builder." – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  9. She had clever, speculative eyes, and was obviously wondering why he had gone to the colonies and why he had returned thence. – Roden's Corner by Henry Seton Merriman
  10. Land was now not so plentiful as it had been in 1850, when this policy had been inaugurated, and the farmers were naturally aggrieved that the railroads should own so much desirable land and should either hold it for speculative purposes or demand for it prices much higher than the Government had asked for land adjacent to it and no less valuable. – The Agrarian Crusade A Chronicle of the Farmer in Politics by Solon J. Buck
  11. Of all branches of physical science this is perhaps the most fascinating and the most speculative, yet it is one which is being built up on the solid foundations of experiment and mathematics, till it has attained an importance which the questions depending on it fully warrants. – Colour Measurement and Mixture by W. de W. Abney
  12. He had succeeded in getting the Honorable Milt pretty well entangled in speculative investments and under his thumb by way of certain personal loans, protected by personal notes. – Every Man for Himself by Hopkins Moorhouse
  13. " Sellin' melons is a speculative business," the old fellow shrugged. – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  14. It requires no speculative demonstration. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  15. It was that element of uncertainty that made them speculative, and not that there was any doubt about the fact that the market prices of them would go up. – Successful Stock Speculation by John James Butler
  16. At the same time, however, I believe that the speculative attraction itself had its roots in the misery with which in other and prevailing moods he was so familiar. – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald