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pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by , contemplation, conjecture, or abstract reasoning:
a speculative approach.
theoretical, rather than practical:
speculative conclusions.
given to , as persons, the mind, etc.
of the nature of or involving commercial or financial :
speculative ventures.
engaging in or given to such .
Contemporary Examples

The third fact to be mindful of is not speculative, a foggy memory, or mysterious.
The Case of JFK’s Missing Brain Kent Sepkowitz November 8, 2013

We’re creating the other in our own little piece of speculative fiction.
Who Represents? Megan McArdle February 18, 2013

To be clear, this is not a speculative option as far as the Israelis are concerned.
Is Bibi Striking a Different Tone On Peace? Nadav Eyal May 8, 2013

The banking system and its speculative debt-backed practices had trashed the general economy and led to the crash of 1929.
The Coming Bank Bust Nomi Prins October 2, 2009

But it might break down in regimes we have trouble testing, and some speculative theories have proposed something like that.
The Equivalence Principle and Testing Einstein With Spaceships and Atoms Matthew R. Francis June 3, 2014

Historical Examples

Gladly, therefore, do we emerge from those soul-confusing labyrinths of speculative Radicalism, into somewhat clearer regions.
Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History Thomas Carlyle

When the boy got through, he cast a speculative glance at the carpetbag.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

Brent, watching and listening with speculative curiosity, felt Tansley touch his arm.
In the Mayor’s Parlour J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher

You must not get the foolish notion that any man has a speculative eye on me, because it is not true.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

But, although the opportunity had come, the interest in speculative questions had sensibly declined.
Principal Cairns John Cairns

relating to or characterized by speculation, esp financial speculation

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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