At the worst he could only be charged with over-speculation.
But we deny that present prices have been the result of over-speculation.
over-speculation had jeopardized him, and he was deep in the "Crdit Mobilier."
It is common to hear the capitalists remark with a sneer, that such is the inevitable result of over-trade and over-speculation.
In that year over-speculation produced a panic and agricultural distress was again evident.
The spirit of over-speculation among traders was something frightful to contemplate, and disastrous results were sure to follow.
late 14c., "contemplation, consideration," from Old French speculation, from Late Latin speculationem (nominative speculatio) "contemplation, observation," from Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari "observe," from specere "to look at, view" (see scope (n.1)). Disparaging sense of "mere conjecture" is recorded from 1570s. Meaning "buying and selling in search of profit from rise and fall of market value" is recorded from 1774; short form spec is attested from 1794.