- pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning: a speculative approach.
- theoretical, rather than practical: speculative conclusions.
- given to speculation, as persons, the mind, etc.
- of the nature of or involving commercial or financial speculation: speculative ventures.
- engaging in or given to such speculation.
Origin of speculative
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Examples from the Web for speculatively
Baumberger eyed him speculatively while he smoked, and chuckled to himself.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
All this time his eyes were watching me shrewdly, speculatively.The Law-Breakers
He replaced the pocket secretary and looked at me edgewise, speculatively.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
He viewed Steve speculatively and then turned an appraising gaze on Tom.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
"Suppose it was arranged that your debts be cancelled," Hawkes said speculatively.Starman's Quest
- relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
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Word Origin and History for speculatively
late 14c., from Old French speculatif or directly from Late Latin speculativus, from past participle stem of speculari (see speculation). Related: Speculatively.
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