Origin of speculation
Examples from the Web for speculation
Speculation raged that Duke agreed not to run as part of the deal, though it was never proven.
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|DAILY BEAST
Speculation at the time was that he had been recalled by the Vatican, and he does not deny it now.
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?|David Freedlander|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He slept in an upright position in a custom armchair, so the reasons for his lying down to sleep are open to speculation.
Two men drowned—that is the result of your speculation, Mr. Almayer.Almayer's Folly|Joseph Conrad
The camel races, while not exactly regarded as a medium for speculation, were the most amusing to watch.With Our Army in Palestine|Antony Bluett
The speculation failed, and your father basely withdrew from the compact, persuading the other brother to follow his lead.The Stowmarket Mystery|Louis Tracy
In philosophical insight free from speculation or theorizing.The Beginner's American History|D. H. Montgomery
Also, that this income is largely locked up to wait the chance of profitable investment, or is used in speculation.Monopolies and the People|Charles Whiting Baker
British Dictionary definitions for speculation
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.