[ spek-yuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌspɛk yəˈleɪ ʃən /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR speculation
3 supposition, view, theory, hypothesis.
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Origin of speculation
OTHER WORDS FROM speculation
an·ti·spec·u·la·tion, noun, adjectivenon·spec·u·la·tion, nouno·ver·spec·u·la·tion, nounpre·spec·u·la·tion, noun
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How to use speculation in a sentence
After months of speculation, singer Summer Walker has revealed that she is, indeed, with child.Summer Walker Confirms Her Pregnancy|Jasmine Grant|November 20, 2020|Essence.com
There was speculation about Newton being benched in favor of young quarterback Jarrett Stidham.The Patriots’ season isn’t fixed, but at least they avoided losing to the Jets|Mark Maske|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
That speculation played in a nonstop loop in nearly every newsroom in America.The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling|by Stephen Engelberg|November 9, 2020|ProPublica
In the lead-up to the PS5's launch this week, there was some speculation that those trapped demos could be freed from their PS4 prisons via transfer to a backward-compatible PS5.Sorry, you can’t move your discontinued copy of PT to the PS5|Kyle Orland|November 9, 2020|Ars Technica
At the same summit, China’s vice president Wang Qishan delivered a pre-recorded address in which he said China’s financial industry should stay off “wrong paths” of speculation and focus on preventing financial risks.Jack Ma is the poster child of Chinese tech. Why is Beijing reining him in—again?|Naomi Xu Elegant|November 7, 2020|Fortune
Overspeculation in the Comstock lode brought economic unrest.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
British Dictionary definitions for speculation
/ (ˌspɛkjʊˈleɪʃən) /
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
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