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. 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.
  3. 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
  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. The Christian- in speculative belief- fails under the challenge of life as often as other men. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. It requires no speculative demonstration. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  10. A history of its influence would be a history of one of the most important sides of speculative activity. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  11. 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
  12. The speculative neutral had a shock and a disappointment. – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Joe Lanier was what is called " a speculative builder." – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  16. " Sellin' melons is a speculative business," the old fellow shrugged. – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  17. Then, still as it were mechanically, he felt the torn collar- band of his shirt, with speculative fingers. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  18. 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
  19. 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