[ spek-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv ]
/ ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv /


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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word speculātīvus. See speculate, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for speculatively

/ (ˈspɛkjʊlətɪv) /


relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation

Derived forms of speculative

speculatively, adverbspeculativeness, noun
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