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.
- an·ti·spec·u·la·tion, noun, adjective
- non·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- o·ver·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- pre·spec·u·la·tion, noun
- sem·i·spec·u·la·tion, noun
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How to use speculation in a sentence
There has been much speculation that Hong Kong might lose out to Singapore, Tokyo, or Seoul.Jefferies strategist expects China to fulfill its U.S. trade deal commitments for an unexpected reason | Veta Chan | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
The nature of such singularity has given rise to wild speculations, including the notion that they represent the emergence of even more exotic objects, or even portals to other universes.Schrödinger’s Cat When Nobody Is Looking - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Daniel Sudarsky | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
At London-based Brevan Howard, one of the industry’s best-known firms, assets collapsed from about $40 billion in 2013 to $6 billion, prompting speculation it could return money to investors.
Morrison pointed out that he had established “No jab, no play” while speaking to 3AW earlier on Wednesday, raising speculation that the government might introduce similar measures to encourage uptake of the coronavirus vaccine.A Prime Minister said a COVID-19 vaccine might be mandatory. Hours later, he backtracked | Naomi Xu Elegant | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
“We haven’t announced anything and we don’t comment on speculation,” the company told Fortune Tuesday.Downtrodden GM stock gets a boost from electric-vehicle spinoff speculation | Aaron Pressman | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
speculation raged that Duke agreed not to run as part of the deal, though it was never proven.
Her new comments will only add to ongoing speculation that the Yorks plan, one day, to remarry.
The speculation that the next Bond might be black has Rushbo all hot and bothered.
That plane still has not been found, sparking much speculation and many conspiracy theories.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cheap as they are, they are a poorer speculation than even corner lots in a lithographic city of Nebraska or Oregon.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
"Granted; as many as you like," he returned, glancing down into her eyes that were full of thoughtfulness and some speculation.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
So after some weeks of speculation, he bought himself a tablet, some pencils and took up the art of writing.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
This is, of course, possible, but it cannot be more than speculation; the final Dunciad does show evidence of hasty revision.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
I could not adroitly turn the old man's wandering speculation into a general laugh as Weston would have done.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for speculation
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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