- the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage in speculation on humanity's ultimate destiny.
- a single instance or process of consideration.
- a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation: These speculations are impossible to verify.
- conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise: a report based on speculation rather than facts.
- engagement in business transactions involving considerable risk but offering the chance of large gains, especially trading in commodities, stocks, etc., in the hope of profit from changes in the market price.
- a speculative commercial venture or undertaking.
Origin of speculation
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Examples from the Web for speculation
Speculation raged that Duke agreed not to run as part of the deal, though it was never proven.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The speculation that the next Bond might be black has Rushbo all hot and bothered.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
Internet chatter rose to a deafening roar as speculation began about what—plastic surgery?Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014
December 27, 2014
Speculation at the time was that he had been recalled by the Vatican, and he does not deny it now.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
Any speculation about what happens should Clinton announce a candidacy, Sefl said, is just speculation.Is Ready for Hillary Ready to Fold—or Work With Candidate Clinton?
November 13, 2014
Speculation was rife as to who would inherit the estate which he left behind him.Brave and Bold
We are pure nothings, concerning which speculation is not worth the trouble.Weighed and Wanting
Mr Pancks still clung to that word, and never said speculation.Little Dorrit
He had come to Eden on a speculation of this kind, but had abandoned it, and was about to leave.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I regret that I wasn't here in those heroic days of speculation.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- the act or an instance of speculating
- a supposition, theory, or opinion arrived at through speculating
- investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high profits
Word Origin and History for speculation
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.