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Meaning of SPECULATIVE

Pronunciation:  'spekyu`leytiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge"
  2. [adj]  showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
  3. [adj]  not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"
 

SPECULATIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: bad, curious, high-risk, inquisitive, insecure, notional, questioning, risky, theoretic, theoretical, unsound, wondering(a)
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Spec"u*la*tive\, a. [Cf. F. sp['e]culatif, L.
speculativus.]
1. Given to speculation; contemplative.

         The mind of man being by nature speculative.
                                               --Hooker.

2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical;
   not established by demonstration. --Cudworth.

3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive;
   curious. [R.] --Bacon.

4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares,
   etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.



   The speculative merchant exercises no one regular,
   established, or well-known branch of business. --A. Smith.
 

 

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