pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by speculation, contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning: a speculative approach.
theoretical, rather than practical: speculative conclusions.
of the nature of or involving commercial or financial speculation: speculative ventures.
Origin of speculative
Related formsspec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbspec·u·la·tive·ness, nounan·ti·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivean·ti·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverban·ti·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounhy·per·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivehy·per·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbhy·per·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounnon·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivenon·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbnon·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nouno·ver·spec·u·la·tive, adjectiveo·ver·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounsem·i·spec·u·la·tive, adjectivesem·i·spec·u·la·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·spec·u·la·tive·ness, nounun·spec·u·la·tive, adjective
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English
word from Late Latin
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Examples from the Web for speculatively
Historical Examples of speculatively
Baumberger eyed him speculatively while he smoked, and chuckled to himself.
All this time his eyes were watching me shrewdly, speculatively.
He replaced the pocket secretary and looked at me edgewise, speculatively.
He viewed Steve speculatively and then turned an appraising gaze on Tom.
"Suppose it was arranged that your debts be cancelled," Hawkes said speculatively.
British Dictionary definitions for speculatively
Derived Formsspeculatively, adverbspeculativeness, noun
relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation
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Word Origin and History for speculatively
late 14c., from Old French speculatif or directly from Late Latin speculativus, from past participle stem of speculari (see speculation). Related: Speculatively.
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