Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

speculative

[spek-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning: a speculative approach.
  2. theoretical, rather than practical: speculative conclusions.
  3. given to speculation, as persons, the mind, etc.
  4. of the nature of or involving commercial or financial speculation: speculative ventures.
  5. engaging in or given to such speculation.

Origin of speculative

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word speculātīvus. See speculate, -ive
Related formsspec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbspec·u·la·tive·ness, nounan·ti·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivean·ti·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverban·ti·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounhy·per·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivehy·per·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbhy·per·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounnon·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivenon·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbnon·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nouno·ver·spec·u·la·tive, adjectiveo·ver·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounsem·i·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivesem·i·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounun·spec·u·la·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for speculative

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for speculative

speculative

adjective
  1. relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
Derived Formsspeculatively, adverbspeculativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for speculative

adj.

late 14c., from Old French speculatif or directly from Late Latin speculativus, from past participle stem of speculari (see speculation). Related: Speculatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper