- 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
Examples from the Web for speculative
Dardagan and his peers are the first to admit that local media reports often are speculative in the extreme.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count
December 5, 2014
Architecture has a long history of this type of speculative design.
The speculative architecture of today can play that same role, and it often does.
But it might break down in regimes we have trouble testing, and some speculative theories have proposed something like that.The Equivalence Principle and Testing Einstein With Spaceships and Atoms
Matthew R. Francis
June 4, 2014
Luskin makes the best argument he can, of course, but it is piecemeal and speculative.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
When the boy got through, he cast a speculative glance at the carpetbag.Brave and Bold
Error in speculative doctrine not impious - nor knowledge pious.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
You must not get the foolish notion that any man has a speculative eye on me, because it is not true.Her Father's Daughter
But if the price goes down, the buyer sustains a speculative loss.About sugar buying for Jobbers
B. W. Dyer
Speculative or theoretic knowledge is divided into abstract and concrete.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
- relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
Word Origin and History for speculative
late 14c., from Old French speculatif or directly from Late Latin speculativus, from past participle stem of speculari (see speculation). Related: Speculatively.