- the act of speculating, or meditating
- a thought or conjecture
- the act of speculating in stocks, land, etc.
- a speculative business venture
An example of speculation is the musings and gossip about why a person got fired when there is no evidence as to the truth.
- a. Reasoning based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or supposition.b. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.c. Archaic Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation.
- a. Engagement in risky business transactions on the chance of quick or considerable profit.b. A commercial or financial transaction involving speculation.
- The process of thinking or meditating on a subject.
- (philosophy) The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed.
- A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; notion; conjecture.
- (business, finance) An investment involving higher-than-normal risk in order to obtain a higher-than-normal return.
- The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets.
- Examination by the eye; view.
- A card game in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.
From Old French speculation (French: spÃ©culation), from Late Latin speculÄtiÅnem, from Latin speculÄtiÅ.
- This sort of speculation is going to intensify.
- Speculation and suspicion had done enough harm already.
- We are offered a philosophical rather than a scientific speculation when E.
- Further speculation ended as they both drifted back to sleep.
- This has been due to speculation, to the unrestricted pasturage of goats, to the rights which many communes have over the forests, and to some extent to excessive taxation, which led the proprietors to cut and sell the trees and then abandon the ground to the Treasury.