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Definition of Speculative

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

All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?
Immanuel Kant

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

True science is never speculative; it employs hypotheses as suggesting points for inquiry, but it never adopts the hypotheses as though they were demonstrated propositions.
Cleveland Abbe

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