speculative[spek′yə lāt′iv, -lə tiv]
An example of something speculative is a theory based on emotions that a certain stock is going to rise.
- of, characterized by, or having the nature of, speculation or meditation, conjecture, etc.
- theoretical, not practical
- of or characterized by financial speculation
- uncertain; risky
- indulging in or fond of speculation
Origin of speculativeMiddle English speculatif ; from Middle French ; from Late Latin speculativus
- a. Given to, characterized by, or based upon speculation or conjecture: speculative articles about the origin of language.b. Expressing inquisitive interest: raised a speculative eyebrow.
- a. Engaging in, given to, or involving financial speculation: speculative brokers; speculative stocks.b. Spent in speculation: speculative funds.c. Involving chance; risky: speculative business enterprises.
(comparative more speculative, superlative most speculative)