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Definition of Speculative


  1. Given to speculation; contemplative.
  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.

Speculative Quotations

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Douglas Adams

The risks are far greater to your child of not getting immunized than any kind of speculative potential relationship between the vaccine and the development of autism.
Irwin Redlener

I shall endeavour still further to prosecute this inquiry, an inquiry I trust not merely speculative, but of sufficient moment to inspire the pleasing hope of its becoming essentially beneficial to mankind.
Edward Jenner

We've been surrounded by images of space our whole lives, from the speculative images of science fiction to the inspirational visions of artists to the increasingly beautiful pictures made possible by complex technologies. But whilst we have an overwhelmingly vivid visual understanding of space, we have no sense of what space sounds like.
Honor Harger

Stock market corrections, although painful at the time, are actually a very healthy part of the whole mechanism, because there are always speculative excesses that develop, particularly during the long bull market.
Ron Chernow
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Speculative Translations

speculative in German is spekulativ
speculative in Swedish is spekulativ
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